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Homework Help: Related rates and water flow

  1. Oct 13, 2008 #1
    This due today!!!!!!

    Water flows from a tank of constant cross-sectional area 56 ft2 through an orifice of constant cross-sectional area 1.5 ft2 located at the bottom of the tank.
    Initially the height of the water in the tank was 20 and its height t sec later is given by the following equation.

    2h^(1/2) + (1/23)t -80^(1/2)

    How fast was the height of the water decreasing when its height was 8 ft? (Round your answer to two decimal places.)

    I thought I was just supposed to find the derivative. I keep getting wrong.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2008
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  3. Oct 13, 2008 #2


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    Yes, you are asked for the derivative of h. One problem you have is that what you give is NOT an "equation"! What is that expression supposed to be equal to? Is 'h' in that formula supposed to be the height?
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