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    Question I need to minimize the surface area of this cylinder

    design a cylinder which can hold a volume of 10ft cubed. so that it's used with minimal material. what are the dimensions (r and h) and what is the relationship between r and h. HINT: MINIMIZE SURFACE AREA????????????
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    Quote Originally Posted by la_lo626 View Post
    design a cylinder which can hold a volume of 10ft cubed. so that it's used with minimal material. what are the dimensions (r and h) and what is the relationship between r and h. HINT: MINIMIZE SURFACE AREA????????????
    Here is the basic set up.

    The Volume of the cylinder is V=\pi r^2h

    If the cylinder is closed (like a can of soup) the surface area will be the area of the circles on the top and bottom and the area of the side of the cylinder.

    if you cut open a cylinder you would get two circles and one rectangle.

    Now The big question is how long is the rectangle? It's length must be the same as the circumference of the circle. So its area will be

    A_{rec}=2\pi r h and the area of the circle is

    A_{circ}=\pi r^2

    We can use these to find the surface area of the can.

    I'm not sure if your cylinder is open on top or not, but the process for both is similar.

    So lets suppose that it is open on top then the surface area is

    A_{surface}=2\pi r h+\pi r^2

    but we also know that 10=\pi r^2 h \implies h= \frac{10}{\pi r^2}

    Now we can sub this into the surface area equation to get

    A=2 \pi r\left( \frac{10}{\pi r^2}\right)+\pi r^2=\frac{20}{r}+\pi r^2

    You should be able to finish from here.

    Good luck
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    Hello, la_lo626!

    Design a cylinder which can hold a volume of 10 ft³
    so that its surface area is a minimum.

    (a)What are the dimensions, r and h?
    The volume is 10 ft³: . \pi r^2h \:=\:10 \quad\Rightarrow\quad h \:=\:\frac{10}{\pi r^2} .[1]

    The surface area is: . \begin{Bmatrix} \text{top/bottom:} & 2\!\times\! \pi r^2  \\ \text{lateral area:} & 2\pi rh\end{Bmatrix} \quad\Rightarrow\quad A \;=\;2\pi r^2 + 2\pi rh .[2]

    Substitute [1] into [2]: . A \;=\;2\pi r^2 + 2\pi r  \left(\frac{10}{\pi r^2}\right)\quad\Rightarrow\quad A \:=\:2\pi r^2 + 20r^{-1}

    Differentiate and equation to zero: . A' \;=\;4\pi r - 20r^{-2} \;=\;0

    Multiply by r^2\!:\;\;4\pi r^3 -20 \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad r^3 \:=\:\frac{5}{\pi} \quad\Rightarrow\quad\boxed{ r \:=\:\sqrt[3]{\frac{5}{\pi}}}

    \text{Substitute into {\color{blue}[1]}: }\;h \;=\;\frac{10}{\pi\left(\sqrt[3]{\frac{5}{\pi}}\right)^2} \quad\Rightarrow\quad\boxed{ h \;=\;2\sqrt[3]{\frac{5}{\pi}}}



    (b) What is the relationship between r and h ?
    . . h \;=\;2r


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