Sarin learns rate of change in school Part 5 (Math Question)


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Read the posting on Sarin learns rate of change in school (Math Concept) to learn about concept of rate of change.

You can read the posting on Sarin learns Perimeter, Area and Volume in school(Math Concept) to learn the concept of volume.

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Upper primary school mathematics question UPQ257

The figure below shows 2 completely-filled tanks being emptied of the water from 2 different taps.

The taps at Tank A and Tank B were turned on at 7 am and 8.30 am respectively, until both tanks were completely empty. At 11 am, the water level in both the tanks was the same. At 12.30 pm, Tank B was completely empty and Tank A was only completely empty at 1 pm. If the rate of the flow of water from each tap was constant throughout, what was the height of Tank A?


          Using Portions of level per hour

          The flow rates of both taps are constant and the tanks are in regular shapes.

          The change of water levels of both tanks are proportional to their per hour flow rates.

          So the water levels change according to the number of hours the taps turned on.

          Draw the model water levels with respect to number of hours the taps turned on.

          The water levels at 11am are same and can determine the relation of the flow rates of the two tanks


            From the model

             1 unit = 5cm

            The height of Tank A = 5 × 9 = 45cm

Alternative solution:

            Using equations



          The height (HA) of tank A = HA1 + HA2

          The height (HB) of tank B = HB1 + HB2 = HA – 5

          At 11 am, the water levels the same

          HA2 = HB2

          Volume of tank (V) = Height (H) × Base Area (A)

          Flow rate (S) × Time = Volume (V)

          For tank A

          Set equation from 11am to 1pm (2h)

          2SA = HA2 × AA è12SA = 6HA2 × AA

          Set equation from 7am to 1pm (6h)

          (HA1 + HA2) × AA = 6SA   ==>  (HA1 + HA2) × AA = 12SA

          Slove the two equations

          6HA2 = 2(HA1 + HA2) ==> 6HA2 = 2HA ==>8HA2 = 16HA

          For tank B

           Set equation from 11am to 12.30pm (1.5h)

           1.5SB = HB2 × AB ==> 6SB = 4HB2 × AB

           Set equation from 8.30am to 12.30pm (4h)

           (HB1 + HB2) × AB = 4SB  ==>1.5(HB1 + HB2) × AB = 6SB

           Slove the two equations

            4HB2 = 1.5(HB1 + HB2) ==>  8HB2 = 3(HB1 + HB2) = 3 (HA – 5) == > 8HB2 = 18(HA – 5)


            16HA = 18HA – 90

            2HA = 90

             HA = 45cm

             The height of tank A is 45cm

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