Posted by CJ on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 4:07pm.
Brett wants to use 40 feet of twine to mark off a rectangular area in his yard for a garden. What are the length and width for a garden with the greatest area?

Math  Steve, Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 4:27pm
or, less aggressively,
if the garden is x by y feet,
2x+2y=40
x+y=20
y=20x
area a = xy = x(20x)
a parabola reaches its vertex halfway between the roots. So, at x=10 we have max area.
The garden is a 10x10 square.
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