This is a problem I am stuck with seems like a rate of change problem but stuck, how can I solve this?

the volume of water in the container is given by the function $v(t)$ for $0\le t \le 4$ where $t$ is given in hours. the rate of change of volume is given by:


i) the volume of the water is increasing when $s<t<r$, find $r, s.$ Find $r, s.$

ii) for the interval $s<t<r$,the volume of water increased by $V \text{m}^3$, find the increase volume $V \text{m}^3$.

iii) at $t = 0$, the volume of the water in the container is $2.4\text{m}^3$, we are also given that the water tank will not be entirely full during the entire $4$ hour period. What is the minimum volume of the empty space in the tank for the $4$ hour period.

I will appreciate the help as it will help me understand rates of change problems more.


I won't give away any full answers, but will provide some hints on how to interpret the questions.

$(i)$ If the volume is increasing, then the rate of change of volume clearly has to be positive. For what values of $t$ is $v'(t)>0$?

$(ii)$ At time $s$, the volume was $v(s)$. At time $r$, the volume is $v(r)$. The increase in volume is the difference between these, i.e. $v(r)-v(s)$. You don't know the formula for $v(t)$, but you do know the formula for $v'(t)$. How can you write the quantity $v(r)-v(s)$ in terms of $v'(t)$? How do you get from $v'(t)$ to $v(t)$?

$(iii)$ When the tank reaches a point where it has minimum volume of empty space, this is when the volume of water is at a maximum. I.e. $v(t)$ is at a maximum. For what value of $t$ does this happen? Can you use this value of $t$ to find the volume of empty space at time $t$?

  • $\begingroup$ ok so I get i) and ii), i) is solving inequality and ii) is solving the integral. for iii) do we use the stationary points and test the double derivative? $\endgroup$ – Aurora Borealis Jan 7 '19 at 4:49
  • $\begingroup$ @AuroraBorealis yes, that's it. That should give you the required value of $t$. $\endgroup$ – John Doe Jan 7 '19 at 4:51
  • $\begingroup$ oh I see thank you. $\endgroup$ – Aurora Borealis Jan 7 '19 at 4:57
  • $\begingroup$ i still do not get this question part iii), how can we integrate it if the integral $\cos(t^2)$ cannot be integrated using standard functions, given that this is a high school question? $\endgroup$ – Aurora Borealis Jan 7 '19 at 14:08

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