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A farmer wants to enclose a rectangular field with 180m of fencing. The side of the barn will act as one side of the enclosure, leaving 3 sides to be covered. The function that describes the area inside is f(x)=x(180-2x) what are the dimensions of the closure with the largest area?

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  1. 180 x - 2 x^2 = A

    2 x^2 -180 x = -A

    x^2 - 90 x = - A/2

    x^2 - 90 x + 45^2 = -A/2 + 45^2

    (x-45)^2 = -(1/2) (A- 4050)

    vertex at x = 45
    so 45. 45 , 90
    area = 4050

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    posted by Damon
  2. Thanks Damon! We got it now. We were stuck after line three so this was helpful.

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  3. Good, you are welcome

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