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Water is leaking out of an inverted conical tank at the rate of 10,000cm^3/min cm/min at the same time that water is being pumped into the tank at a constant rate. The tank has a height of 6m and the diameter at the top is 4m. If the water level is rising at a rate of 20 cm/min when the height of the water is 2m, how can I find the rate at which water is being pumped into the tank.?

1 Answer
Feb 26, 2015

Answer:

(see below for solution method)

Explanation:

Start by ignoring the leakage and determine the rate of inflow required to achieve the specified rate of height (depth) of water increase.

Later we'll use the fact that
Actual inflow rate
= Inflow Rate for Increased Depth + Leakage Rate

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For the given cone the ratio of r adius to h eight is #1/3#
so
#r = 1/3 h#

The formula for the volume of a cone:
#V = (pi r^2 h)/3# becomes #V = (pi h^3)/(27)#

#(d V)/(dh) = (pi h^2)/9#

We are interested in the change in Volume with respect to time and note that
#(d V)/(dt) = (d V)/(dh) * (d h)/(dt)#

Using the value we've already calculated for #(d V)/(dh)# and the supplied value of #20# cm/min (at a height of #h=200# cm)
we get:

#(d V)/(dt) = (pi (200 cm)^2 * (20 cm))/(9 min)#
#= (800000 pi)/9# #cm^3#/min
or roughly
#279,252.7# #cm^3#/min

This is the Inflow Rate Required to Cause Height Increase and
ignores the Rate of Leakage

The Actual Inflow Rate needs to be the sum of these two:
#279,252.7# #cm^3#/min #+ 10,000# #cm^3#/min
#= 289,252.7# #cm^3#/min