posted by Griffin Bilskie on .
A box is contructed out of two different types of metal. The metal for the top and bottom, which are both square, costs $5 per square foot and the metal for the sides costs $2 per square foot. Find the dimensions that minimize cost if the box has a volume of 40 cubic feet.
So, the height is 40/x^2
c(x) = 2x^2*5 + 4x(40/x^2)*2
= 10x^2 + 320/x
set the derivative to zero, and you find minimum cost at x = 2∛2