# Calculus

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A farmer wants to build a rectangular pen and then divide it with two interior fences. The total area is to be 2484ft^2. The exterior fence costs \$18.00 per foot and the interior fence costs \$16.50 per foot. Find the dimensions of the pen that will minimize the cost. What is the minimum cost?

• Calculus -

if width=x, length=y, the cost=c, we have

xy = 2484
c = 16.50*2x + 18.00*(2x+2y)
= 33x + 36x + 36(2484/x)
= 69x + 89424/x

dc/dx = 69 - 89424/x^2
dc/dx=0 when x=36

so, the cost is minimum when the pen is 36 by 69.

I assume you can figure the cost.

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