Do you know how to find the derivative of A with respect to w?
The textbook out of which I am studying provides examples of simultaneous equation problems, but nothing similar to what is being required here. Does anyone know what to do in parts c and d? I have drawn a diagram and done a and b, but I cannot solve the latter two. Much help is appreciated! Thank you in advance to any mathematicians out there.
A rectangular enclosure is to be fenced so that its perimeter is 60 metres.
a. If w is the length of the rectangle, what is its length in terms of w?
l = 30 - w
b. Write an expression for A, the area of the rectangular enclosure.
A = w(30 - w)
c. What value of w will give the greatest area of the rectangular enclosure?
d. What is the greatest area the rectangular enclosure can have?
I agree with your a) and b).
You have a Quadratic equation for the area. So you should be able to put it in turning point form, so you can read off the maximum.
Therefore the turning point is . Since this is a "negative" quadratic, the turning point is a maximum. Therefore, the maximum area is and occurs when the width is .