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?