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posted by Megan .
OLD MCDONALD IS GOING TO PUT A PIG PEN UP AGAINST HIS BARN. HE HAS 45 FEET OF FENCING AND WILL ONLY NEED TO MAKE 3 ADDITIONAL SIDES, AS THE BARN ACTS AS THE FOURTH SIDE.. WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM AREA THAT THE PIG PEN CAN HAVE.

algebra 
Scott
area = x * y
x + 2y = 45 ... x = 45  2y
substituting ... a = 45 y  2 y^2
ymax = b / 2a = 45 / (2 * 2) = 11.25
x = 22.5
a = 22.5 * 11.25 = 253.125 
algebra 
Reiny
or,
by Calculus
short side  x
single long side  y
2x + y = 45
y = 452x
Area = A = xy = x(452x)
= 45x  2x^2
dA/dx = 45  4x = 0 for a max of A
4x = 45
x = 45/4 , then y = 452(45/4) = 45/2
max area = xy = (45/4)(45/2)
= 2025/8
= appr 253.125 , same as Scott
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