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# The concentration of a certain chemical in a full water tank

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The concentration of a certain chemical in a full water tank depends on the depth of the water. At a depth that is x feet below the top of the tank, the concentration is $$3 + \frac{4}{\sqrt{5-x}}$$ parts per million, where 0 < x < 4. To the nearest 0.1 foot, at what depth is the concentration equal to 6 parts per million?

(A) 2.4 ft
(B) 2.5 ft
(C) 2.8 ft
(D) 3.0 ft
(E) 3.2 ft

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(3 + (4/sq root (5-x)))=6
(4/sq root (5-x))=3
sq root (5-x)=4/3
x=5-(16/9)
x=3.2
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Yes, thats the answer thanks.
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The concentration of a certain chemical in a full water tank depends on the depth of the water. At a depth that is x feet below the top of the tank, the concentration is $$3 + \frac{4}{\sqrt{5-x}}$$ parts per million, where 0 < x < 4. To the nearest 0.1 foot, at what depth is the concentration equal to 6 parts per million?

(A) 2.4 ft
(B) 2.5 ft
(C) 2.8 ft
(D) 3.0 ft
(E) 3.2 ft

Given: at a depth that is x feet below the top of the tank, the concentration is $$3 + \frac{4}{\sqrt{5-x}}$$ parts per million.

Question: at what depth, for which x, is the concentration equal to 6 parts per million? So, for which x, is $$3 + \frac{4}{\sqrt{5-x}}$$ equal to 6?

$$3 + \frac{4}{\sqrt{5-x}}=6$$ --> $$x\approx{3.2}$$.

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