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An offshore oil well is 2km off the coast. The refinery is 4 km down the coast. Laying a pipe in the ocean is twice as expensive as on land. What path should the pipe follow in order to minimize the cost?
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An offshore oil well is 4 kilometers off the coast. The refinery is 5 kilometers down the coast (see figure). Laying pipe in the ocean is twice as expensive as on land. What path should the pipe follow in order to minimize the cost?