Posted by **Kieran** on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 9:24am.

a box with an open top is to be made from a rectangular piece of tin by cutting equal squares from the corners and turning up the sides. The piece of tin measures 1mx2m. Find the size of the squares that yields a maximum capacity for the box.

So far i have

V=(1-2x)(2-2x)x

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**Steve**, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:32am
so, figure dV/dx

dV/dx = 2(6x^2-6x+1)

dV/dx = 0 when x = 1/6 (3±√3) = .211 or .789

Now .789 is impossible, since the width is only 1.

so, the cuts are .211m

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**Kieran**, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 12:30pm
how did you go from 0= 1/6 (3+-ã3)

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**Steve**, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:53pm
dV/dx = 2(6x^2-6x+1

so, dV/dx = 0 when 6x^2-6x+1

solve the quadratic to get X = 1/6 (3±√3)

this is calculus; algebra I should be no problem...

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