Posted by Henry on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:40pm.
A farmer wishes to build a fence for 6 adjacent rectangular pens. If there is 600 feet of fencing available, what are the dimensions of each pen that maximizes total pen area?
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If the interior fencing is $3.00 per foot and the perimeter is $5.00 per foot, what are the pen dimensions that minimize cost?
- Calculus Word Problem - Henry, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:49pm
assume each pen encloses 200 square feet of area in the 2nd part sorry!
- Calculus Word Problem - Steve, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 3:26pm
if each pen has width x and height y
you have no room to vary the dimensions. So, I assume the 600 feet of fencing does not apply to part 2. Accordingly,
cost c = 5(3x+4y)+3(3x+4y)
dc/dx = 24 - 6400/x^2
dc/dx = 0 when x = 20√(2/3)
so, the pens are 20√(2/3) by 10√(3/2)
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