Math Calculus Word Problem
posted by Ashley V
an 18 inch by 20 inch sheet of cardboard is cut and folded to make a box for the great pecan company.
a. write a polynomial funtion to model the volume of the box.
how can i graph this?
c. the company wants the box to have a volume of 224 cubic inches. write an equation to model this situation.
d. find a positibe integer for x.

Reiny
I will asssume that you are going to cut equal squares from each of the four corners to do this.
Let each side of a square be x inches.
then the length of the box will be 202x
its width will be 182x in
and its height will be x in
since Vol = length x width x height
Vol = x(202x)(182x)
make a table of values, noting there are zeros at x=0, x=10 and x=9
b) x(202x)(182x) = 224
c) expanding this and simplifying I got
x^3  19x^2 + 90x  56=0
I ran this through the following cubic equation solver
http://www.1728.com/cubic.htm
and got x=6.529, the other two answers are extraneous.
(check my work, I tend to get careless at this time of night)
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