# Optimization question - optimal conical container

Design the optimal conical container that has a cover and has walls of negligible thickness. The container is to hold 0.5 m^3. Design it so that the areas of its base and sides are minimized.

information :
1) areas of the sides = (pi) x r x s
2) areas of the base = (pi) x (r^2)
3)volume of the cone = (1/3) x (pi) x (r^2) x h

tiny-tim
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hi miss dhia! welcome to pf!

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1) areas of the sides = (pi) x r x s
2) areas of the base = (pi) x (r^2)
3)volume of the cone = (1/3) x (pi) x (r^2) x h

what is s ?

hye tiny-tim! thanks for your concern on this question..

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ooppss tiny-tim, i am forgotten to tell you what is r, h, and s actually.

actually,
s = side of the conical container (shown in picture).
r = radius of conical container (shown in picture).
h = height of the conical container (shown in picture)

chiro
Design the optimal conical container that has a cover and has walls of negligible thickness. The container is to hold 0.5 m^3. Design it so that the areas of its base and sides are minimized.

information :
1) areas of the sides = (pi) x r x s
2) areas of the base = (pi) x (r^2)
3)volume of the cone = (1/3) x (pi) x (r^2) x h

Using your information can you get an expression for the total area in terms of one other variable?

tiny-tim
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hi miss dhia!
what is s ?
s = side of the conical container (shown in picture).

actually, i meant what is s in terms of r and h?

you need to convert it so that all three areas are written in r and h, and you can easily add them

hye tiny-tim!

s = $$\sqrt{r^{} + h^{}}$$

i don't know how to put the "surd". sorry ok. :)

in the above equation, i do mean, s = surd(r^2 + h^2).

tiny-tim