I need help with this problem for my high school calculus class. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated-I am pretty stumped. "Express the volume of a cone in terms of the slant height 'e' and the semi-vertical angle 'x' and find the value of 'x' for which the volume is a maximum if 'e' is constant."
Thank you.

Jocelyn Wozney

Hi Jocelyn,

Below is my diagram, but I am not sure I have the correct angle x.

The volume of a cone is

From the diagram r = e sin(x) and h = e cos(x) and hence

To find the value of x which maximizes the volume, differentiate V with respect to x, set the derivative to zero and solve for x. This leads to

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