Posted by CJ on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 3:41pm.
24 m of fencing are available to enclose a play area. what would the maximum area be if the fencing only went on 3 sides because the wall is used as the 4th side.
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Math  JJ, Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:12pm
l + 2w = perimeter
l + 2w = 24
l = 242w
Area = l times w
(242w)w = Area.
24w 2w^2 = Area.
If you are doing this using calculus, you would take the derivative of the area and set it equal to zero to find w.

Math  Reiny, Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:14pm
let the side parallel to the wall by y m
let the other two sides be x m each
so we have y + 2x = 24 or y = 242x
area = xy
= x(242x
= 2x^2 + 24x
let's complete the square to find the vertex of this parabola
= 2(x^2  12x + 36  36)
= 2( (x6)^2  36)
= 2(x6)^2 + 72
the vertex is (6,72)
So the maximumum area is 72 ^2 , when x = 6 and y = 12
or
by calculus
d(area) = 4x + 24 = 0 for a max area
x = 6
then y = 24  12 = 12
max area = 6(12) = 72
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