Posted by **phil** on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 9:13am.

can someone help me with this question. I am completely stuck.

A box with a quare base and top has a volume of 20 meters cubed. The material for the base costs $7.00 per sq. meter, the material for the sides costs $4.00 per sq. meter, and the material for the top costs $2.00 per sq. meter. Express the cost of the materials used to build the box as a function of the width x of the base.

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**drwls**, Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 9:18am
If the width of the box is x, and the volume is 29 = x^2 h, then the height h is 20/x^2.

Write a formula for the side area, the top area and the bottom area in terms of x only.

Finally, write another formula that adds up the costs of all sides.

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