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Water flows out of a cylindrical tank under gravity via a tap, the height h(t) of the water column above the tap satisfies the differential equation in the form

dh/dt = -2k√h

where k is some positive constant.

The water column has a height initially of 25m. The tap is turned on and after 50 minutes its height is 24 metres.

Want to compute the height of the column after t minutes.

Then water collected during the first 12 minutes was measured to have volume of 303.9 m3. Calculate how much water in volume was originally in the tank.

2. Relevant equations are above

3. Attempt:

dh/dt = -2k√h

dh/2√h = -kdt

1/2*dh/√h = -kdt

integrate both sides

1/2*2/√h = -kt + C

2/2√h = -kt+c

when h=25 t = 0

2/2√25 = -k0+c

c=0.2

so

2/2√h = -kt+0.2

now I want in the form h=......

I have tried this a few different ways the k constant is confusing me when there is also constant c

although this is worded like a physics problem it is for a mathematical modelling undergraduate subject.

Another solution that I got made sense but could not be solved for the initial condition t=0 it was undefined

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