Monday, September 24, 2007

Application of Differentiation - Maximum/Minimum & Rate of Change

A closed box with a square base of length x and height h, is to have a volume, F, of 150m^3. The material for the top and bottom of the box costs $2 per square metre, and the material for the sides of the box costs $1.50 per square metre. Fnd the value of x and h, correct to 3 decimal places, if the total cost of the materials, C is to be a minimum.
A viscous liquid is poured onto a flat surface. It forms a circular patch which grows at a steady rate of 6cm^2/s. Find,
a) the radius r, in pie, of the patch 24 seconds after pouring has commenced.
b) the rate of increase of the radius at this instant, correct to 2 decimal places.

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lijun(: said...

i came across this qu that day, and i really want to clarify if the method i used is correct or not.

int(tan^2x - x^3)

i changed it to int(sec^2x - 1 - x^3) instead, cos i don't think we can integrate tan.

is that feasible?