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The sum of two numbers is 36  what are the numbers if the product is a maximum.

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yasmin130 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 9, 2010 at 1:09 PM via web

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The sum of two numbers is 36  what are the numbers if the product is a maximum.

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hala718 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 9, 2010 at 1:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Let the number be x and y;

Given that the sum is 36

==> x + y= 36

We will write as function of y:

==> y= 36-x .............(1)

Now we need to find the numbers such that their product is a maximum.

Let P be the product:

==> P = x*y

But y= (36-x)

==> P = x*(36-x)

==> P = 36x - x^2

Now we need to find the maximum point of P

Since the sign of x^2 is negative, then the function has a maximum.

==> P' = 36 - 2x

==> 36- 2x = 0

==> 2x= 36

==> x= 18

==> y= 36-18 =18

Then the numbers are 18 and 18 and the maximum product is:

\p = 18*18 = 324

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neela | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted November 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM (Answer #2)

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Since the sum of the two numbers is 36, we cal assume the numbers to be x and 36-x.

Let the product p(x) , of these two numbers x and 36-x.

Then p(x) = x(36-x) = 36x-x^2.

P(x) = 36x=x^2 is maximum , for x = c, for which p'(c) = 0 and P"(c) > 0.

So we differentiate P(x)  and set P'(x) = 0 and find the the solution of P'(x) = 0. And examine if P"(c) is < 0.

P'(x) = (36x-x^2)' = 36 -2x

P'(x) = 0 gives :  36 = 2x. Or x = c = 36/2 = 12.

P"(x) = (-2x) = -2 < 0 for all x.

Therefore P(x) = 36x-x^2 when x= 18.

P(x) = 18(36-18) = 18^2 = 324 is the maxumum product.

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