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I've got a school project, in which I'm supposed to get a radius of a base and a height of a cylinder while having the maximal volume possible. Surface area of the cylinder is known.

I found a great solution on this forum (https://math.stackexchange.com/a/1449593/621973), but the problem is that I need to explain my teacher, how I turned $$\frac k{(k+1)^{3/2}}$$ from V(k) into $$f(k)=\ln\frac{k}{(k+1)^{3/2}}$$ By the way, I can't give her another solution so I really need to find explanation for this one.

I'll be glad for every idea.

P.S.: Sorry for my english.

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You can maximize $$f(k)=\frac k{(k+1)^{3/2}}$$ or its logarithm $$g(k)=\log \left(\frac{k}{(k+1)^{3/2}}\right)=\log(k)-\frac 32 \log(k+1)$$ $g(k)$ is a better choice since its derivative is easier to get.

This is also the principle of logarithmic differentiation.

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  • $\begingroup$ I thought it's some method due to which it is used like that. So the point of this step is just to make it easier for the following steps? $\endgroup$
    – Adam S.
    Commented Dec 2, 2018 at 11:01

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