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find the dimensions of the rectangle that will enclose the most area, and show steps please.
A fence is to be built to enclose a rectangular area. The fence along three sides is to be made of material
that costs $5 per foot. The material for the fourth side costs $15 per foot.
(B) If $3,000 is available for the fencing, find the dimensions of the rectangle that will enclose the most area.
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We need to find the maximum area that can be enclosed in the rectangular area with a cost of 3000.
Let the sides be x and y.
Let the three sides that will cost 5 dollars per foot are x, y, and y and for the fourth side y will cost 15 dollars per foot.
The cost for the three sides is 5*(x+y+y)= 5(x+2y)
The cost for the forth side is 15*(x).
The total cost is 3000
==> 5(x+2y) + 15x = 3000
==> 5x + 10y + 15x = 3000
==> 20x + 10y= 3000
==> 2x + y = 300
Let the area of the rectangle be A.
==> A= xy
But we know that 2x+y = 300 ==> y= 300-2x
==> A = x(300-2x)
==> A = 300x - 2x^2
Now we need to find the maximum area which is the zero of the derivative A'.
==> A'= 300-4x = 0
==> 4x = 300
==> x = 300/4 = 75.
==> y= 300-2x = 300-150 = 150
Then, the dimensions for a maximum area are x=75 ft and y=150 ft.
Posted by hala718 on June 27, 2012 at 4:15 AM (Answer #1)
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