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Construct a window in the shape of a semi-circle over a rectangle.If the distance around the outside of the window is 12 feet.What dimensions will result in the rectangle having the largest possible area?
We need to find Amax
I know the circmfrence is 12
12=w+2L+a/2(pie)

I'm not sure about the equation above.

Thank you!

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  1. in the equation above, I hope a=w/2
    so the length around the top semicircle is PI*a=PI*w/2

    12= w+2L+PI w/2
    12=w(1+PI/2)+2L
    area= wL+1/2 PI (w/2)^2
    so solve for L in the perimeter equation, and then put that in for L in the area equation.
    Take the derivative of area wrespect to w, set to zero, and solve for w.
    Then go back and solve for L.

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  2. thanks!!

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