# Thread: word problem

1. ## word problem

The radius $r$ of a right circular cone is increasing at a rate of 2 inches per minute. The height $h$ of the cone is related to the radius by $h=3r$. Find the rates of change of the volume when :

$r$ = 6 inches
and
$r$ = 24 inches

How can I set up the derivative and solve down? (step by step instruction works best for me )

2. Originally Posted by jimmyp
The radius $r$ of a right circular cone is increasing at a rate of 2 inches per minute. The height $h$ of the cone is related to the radius by $h=3r$. Find the rates of change of the volume when :

$r$ = 6 inches
and
$r$ = 24 inches

How can I set up the derivative and solve down? (step by step instruction works best for me )
$V=\frac{1}{3}\pi r^2 h$

Taking the derviative with respect to time gives

$\frac{dV}{dt}=\frac{\pi}{3}\left(2rh \frac{dr}{dt}+r^2\frac{dh}{dt} \right)$

From above we know that $h=3r \implies \frac{dh}{dt}=3\frac{dr}{dt}$

From here just plug everything in.

Good luck