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A block of ice, in the shape of a rectangular prism, has the dimensions give below:

Width: x

Length: 3.75x

Height: 0.25x

You are to determine the time it takes for the block of ice to completely melt given the following information

1) The block of ice retains its rectangular prism shape throughout the melting process.

2) The rate of change of volume with respect to time is directly proportional to the surface area of the block

3) After one time interval, the volume of the block of ice is a fraction of its initial volume. This fraction is given by the ratio of the area of the smallest face of the block to the total surface area of the block. The unit of time has not been specified, since the time taken for the block of ice to completely melt depends on the initial volume of the block of ice.

**Kevin123123****Guest**

Is it impossible to calculate if we dont know the width of the rectangular ice prism?:/

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bob bundy wrote:

hi Kevin123123

Welcome to the forum.

I've had two goes at this and realised I'm missing something. So I've deleted my attempts and I'll do it properly (I hope) and then post again.

Bob

alright, take ur time! thanks a lot!!:)

**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Thanks for saying that. I'm having lots of trouble with this.

You can write an expression for dV/dt in terms of x you can do this I hope.

To solve this you need a way of changing x into t.

You know the initial volume in terms of x.

You know the ratio of volumes in terms of a ratio of surface areas. and do this

But is this a ratio that is fixed for all time intervals or just the first?

I think the problem is unsolvable unless it's for all time intervals.

Then you have dV in terms of dt and so maybe have enough to sort it all out.

Still thinking .............................

Bob

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Cannot be for all time intervals or the amount of melting gets less and less and takes an infinite amount of time. ?????

What calculus are you expected to be using ?

I'll assume you have basic integration.

What about differential equations with separation of variables ?

And changing the variable to integrate with respect to.

Have you done numerical methods of integration ?

Bob

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**Kevin123123****Guest**

bob bundy wrote:

Cannot be for all time intervals or the amount of melting gets less and less and takes an infinite amount of time. ?????

What calculus are you expected to be using ?

I'll assume you have basic integration.

What about differential equations with separation of variables ?

And changing the variable to integrate with respect to.

Have you done numerical methods of integration ?

Bob

i can only use differentiation in this assignment!! So hard:mad:

**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Only differentiation. eeekkkk!

Ok. Here's what I'd do. I'm not at all confident but there's nothing else I can suggest.

Let's assume the sides of the block are always given by those expressions in x whatever size x is.

Then you can write

hence work out dV/dx using differentiation.

You can also write an expression for the surface area in terms of x and hence write the rate of change of volume

You should be able to work out both numbers.

Stick a minus on this as the volume is decreasing.

As x squared occurs in both of these you can get

This will integrate to an expression like this

m will be negative. Note x will be the vertical axis and t across.

Use the initial volume and volume after one unit ot time to determine this gradient m.

When does the line cut x = 0 ?

That's my best shot I'm afraid. Maybe someone else on the forum will come in with a better suggestion.

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I do not understand what the 3rd piece of information is.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Stefy,

So you do know the first and second bits ?

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Kevin123123 wrote:

A block of ice, in the shape of a rectangular prism, has the dimensions give below:

Width: x

Length: 3.75x

Height: 0.25x

You are to determine the time it takes for the block of ice to completely melt given the following information

1) The block of ice retains its rectangular prism shape throughout the melting process.

2) The rate of change of volume with respect to time is directly proportional to the surface area of the block

3) After one time interval, the volume of the block of ice is a fraction of its initial volume. This fraction is given by the ratio of the area of the smallest face of the block to the total surface area of the block. The unit of time has not been specified, since the time taken for the block of ice to completely melt depends on the initial volume of the block of ice.

3) is bothering me. From iit I gather that (V+dV)/V is equal to 1/39.5 in which case the block of ice is melting very rapidly.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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This is what I've got so far.

therefore

So

We want t when x = 0

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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And c=x0.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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If the width decreases linearly then the volume will decrease by the cube of the value of 'm'

But we know that

So maybe

Does that help ?

Bob

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bob bundy wrote:

If the width decreases linearly then the volume will decrease by the cube of the value of 'm'

But we know that

So maybe

Does that help ?

Bob

thanks, they are really helpful

**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Hi Kevin123123,

You're welcome.

I did write this reply a couple of days ago but then my laptop started playing up and, it seems, it never got on the site.

If you ever get an 'official' answer, I'd be pleased to know what it is.

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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bob bundy wrote:

I did write this reply a couple of days ago but then my laptop started playing up and, it seems, it never got on the site.

Again?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Yes, it forgot it had a wireless card.

After a lot of fiddling, I tried the standard solution. I turned it off and on again, and it was normal.

Bob

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**Anonymous****Guest**

Hi,

I have a task similar and I was wondering how you got dV/dt from dV/dx and what k is..

**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Anonymous

Welcome to the forum.

It's an application of the chain rule:

Subject to the usual rules about differentiability you can do this with any three related variables.

Bob

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