Related Rates

Applications of Derivatives: Related Rates

EXAMPLE 3: A conical container with a height of 12 inches and a radius of 6 inches is filled with water at 8 ft3/min. What is the rate of change of the height when h = 4 inches?

Start with a sketch. Do both a 3-D and a 2-D side view. Label variables.


What rates are known and unknown?

        The rate of change of volume, dV/dt = 8 ft3/min

        And dh/dt = ? when h = 4 inches

What equation relates V and h?