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Coughing forces the trachea to contract, which affects the velocity v of the air passing through the trachea. Suppose the velocity of the air during coughing is

v = k(R - r)r^2, 0 is less than or equal to r which is less than R where k is a constant, R is the normal radius of the trachea, and r is the radius during coughing. What radius will produce the maximum air velocity?
Answer: r = 2R/3

Solution Summary

This is a word problem regarding differentiation and coughing.

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