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Constants $A, B, C, D$ are chosen so that the following $4$ curves pass through the point $(2.5, 10)$ $$y = Ax\quad y = Bx^2 \quad y = Cx^3\quad y = Dx^4+x$$

What values must the constants take? Can you identify each curve in the following accurately drawn chart?

These curves are now used to design some mathematical vessels of height $10$ by rotating the curves about the $y$ axis. Assuming that $x$ and $y$ are measured in centimetres, what are the volumes of the vessels?

Water is poured slowly at a rate of 1cm$^3$ per minute into these vessels. At what depth of water, to the nearest mm, will each of them be half full? Do your results make sense from the diagram?