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find the largest possible value of s=2x+y if x and y are side lengths in a right triangle whose hypotenuse is 5 units long.

My answer :
(5)^2 = x^2 + y^2
y^2 = 5 - x^2
y = 5-x^2

Substituting y to s,

S = 2x + y = 2x + 5-x^2

To find the largest possible value,
ds/dt = ….? I confuse to complete this, please help me

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    s = 2x + y = 2x + sqrt(5-x^2)

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    so s = 2x + √(5 - x^2)
    = 2x + (5-x^2)^(1/2)

    why did you try to find ds/dt ?
    That would be a rate, and there is not mention of any rate or rates of change.

    ds/dx = 2 + (1/2)(5 - x^2)^(-1/2) (-2x)
    = 2 - x/√(5-x^2)
    = 0 for a max/min of s
    2 = x/√5-x^2)
    2√(5-x^2) = x
    square both sides
    4(5-x^2) = x^2
    20 =5x^2
    x^2 = 4
    x = ±2 , but x is a side, so it can't be negative

    x = 2, then y = √(5-4) = 1

    so the largest possible value of
    s = 2(2) + 1 = 5

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    thanks for your help Reiny :)

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