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Homework Help: Find the maximum volume of the cylinder

  1. Nov 9, 2007 #1


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    A cylinder is placed into a right cone which has a radius of 1m and a height of 2m. Find the maximum volume of the cylinder.

    I think i am able to do it, but im not 100% sure if im correct. I first used similar triangles to write the radius of the cone at any height from its apex. i came up with h=2r.

    Now, if i let the radius of the cylinder be R, then the height that it rests at is 2R. Since the cone is 2m high, the height of the cylinder will be 2-2R.

    The volume is given by [tex]V = \pi R^2 (2 - 2R)[/tex], which i used calculus to maximize and came up with R=2/3, therefore V=~0.93. Does that look right?

    Thanks in advance,
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  3. Nov 9, 2007 #2


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    Looks fine. Kind of a confusing double use of 'height' though. I'd use another word for the apex distance if I were describing it.
  4. Nov 9, 2007 #3


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    Alright thanks for confirming that :smile:
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