Your submission must be turned in on canvas by 5pm on Monday, November 20, 2017. This project is worth 20 points (4% of your final grade) in the calculation of your final grade. One point (0.2% of your final grade) is deducted for every 6 hours the project is late.
This page first gives the context of the problem that you will analyze, then six prompts for your response, then a rubric describing how your responses will be evaluated.
Imagine you have graduated and have just gotten a job in a fictionalized version of Paducah, KY, home of the world famous Dippin' Dots. You got the job by pitching a truly marvelous idea: The Grand Cone-yan, an ice cream festival as grand as any Court Days or Apple Festival.
The centerpiece of the festival is a 10 foot tall ice cream cone filled with local ice cream dots.
The day before the festival the contractors have brought the truck of ice cream, and begin to fill the cone. After only a single minute, there is a foot of ice cream in your frozen glass cone. Since the entire cone is only 10 feet tall, you decide to come back in 10 minutes to witness the final filling.
You are shocked when you return to find the cone has only been filled to the 2 foot mark! (The worker politely corrects you to say it is actually 2 feet and 2 inches.) You give it another 10 minutes, but the cone is only 2 foot 9 inches filled.
Not knowing what else to do, you make a spreadsheet of the progress.
Time (minutes) | 0 | 1 | 10 | 20 | 30 | 60 | 120 |
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Height (feet, inches) | 0' 0" | 1' 0" | 2' 2" | 2' 9" | 3' 1" | 3' 11" | 4' 11" |
You wonder why they have slowed down so much, so you keep checking in every hour.
Time (hours) | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |
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Height (feet, inches) | 3' 11" | 4' 11" | 5' 8" | 6' 3" | 6' 6" | 6' 11" |
After six hours you are worried the entire festival might fail, but you won't give up! You keep spreadsheeting.
Time (hours) | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 |
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Height (feet, inches) | 7' 4" | 7' 8" | 7' 11" | 8' 3" | 8' 6" | 8' 9" |
After 12 hours, you take a quick trip home to change clothes, and return to your spreadsheeting.
Time (hours) | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 |
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Height (feet, inches) | 8' 11" | 9' 2" | 9' 5" | 9' 7" | 9' 9" | 10' 0" |
Finally, late in the night, around 3am, it is complete. Your masterpiece. The Grand Cone-yan. But why did it take so long? It took a lot longer than 10 minutes. Why did the workers slow down so much? The first minute finished the first foot, but three feet took 30 minutes instead of 3 minutes. And now it's 3am!
The workers say that they filled at a steady rate of 13 gallons per hour, and that any faster would run the risk of drain freeze.
What is wrong with the following argument?
If you really did 13 gallons per hour, then the 10 foot cone should have only taken 10 / 13 = 0.7 hours, less than an hour tops.
What is wrong with the following question?
How do you convert gallons into feet?
Find an authoritative source for the volume of a cone. Give the formula and explain what each part of the formula means in this problem.
Most formulas will have both radius and height. Find a reasonable source for the relationship between the radius and height of an ice cream cone. Give an expression like R = H
Calculate the volume of the cone using your formula. At a constant rate of 13 gallons per hour, how long should it have taken to fill up?
You may use the approximate formula V=0.02908882 h^{3} if the formula you discovered does not match at all.
There should still be a discrepancy between the V=0.02908882 h^{3} formula and the spreadsheet. Can you explain what likely happened?
Your submission must be turned in on canvas by 5pm on Monday, November 20, 2017. This project is worth 20 points (4% of your final grade) in the calculation of your final grade. One point (0.2% of your final grade) is deducted for every 6 hours the project is late.
Your response to #1 will be graded on the clarity of your critique and its mathematical correctness. It should clearly identify the problem. It may be combined with your answer to #2, which is graded similarly. You don't need to include a full solution for how long it will take in this portion of your response.
Your response to #3 will be graded on the appropriateness of your source, the clarity of your citation, and the correctness of the formula. If your formula has symbols, they must be defined clearly. Your may combine your response to #4, which is graded similarly. However, it is unlikely to find a single source covering both issues.
Your response to #5 will be graded on the clarity of your presentation and its mathematical correctness. You should examine not only the final time, but also intermediate times to ensure that your formula fairly closely tracks the measured data. You may combine your response to #6, which is graded similarly. Your response to #6 should point out specific deviations or errors and provide plausible explanations for them. You may find that making a new table is helpful, but a table of numbers is not a sufficient response in and of itself.