Find the Minimum Volume of cone, answer does not make sense

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the Dimensions of the right circular cone of minimum volume which can be circumscribed about a sphere of radius 8 inches.


    2. Relevant equations

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    So this is my try, i did the question to find the minimum volume of the cone,
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    For Larger Size: http://i54.tinypic.com/29yqyiw.jpg
    As you can see the minimum value is when h=0 , thus volume is equal to 0, it makes sense the minimum volume would be 0, but i think i did the question wrong, can you tell me where i've gone wrong.

    Please help
     
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  3. LCKurtz

    LCKurtz 8,273
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    Your picture shows a cone that is inscribed inside a sphere, not circumscribed outside as the problem asks.
     
  4. so is it suppose to be like this then i try to minimize the volume of the cone,
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    sorry i didn't get what it meant mean circumscribed , i though it would be inside
     
  5. I like Serena

    I like Serena 6,192
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    Your calculation (given your drawing) is completely correct.
    It's only your graphic interpretation with a parabola that is incorrect.
    The volume is not given by a parabola but by a third power.
    So the maximum volume is at h=32/3.
    Btw, the volume becomes zero at h = 16, which is the solution for V=0.
     
  6. LCKurtz

    LCKurtz 8,273
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    Yes. But your picture needs a little work. The bottom of the sphere would touch the center of the base of the cone.
     
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