Algebra

Among all pairs of numbers with a sum of 34, find the pair whose product is maximum. Write your answers as fractions reduced to lowest terms.

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  1. 17 + 17; 17^2 = 289
    16 * 18; 16 * 18 = 288
    15 + 19; 15 * 19 = 285

    Do you see the pattern?

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  2. Not really. I don't understand what the problem is wanting me to do exactly. Could you explain further?

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  3. You need to find the pairs numbers that add up to 34.
    17 + 17
    16 + 18
    15 + 19
    and so on

    Then you're to find which of these pairs when multiplied together has the biggest product.

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