# Functions question

• Mar 8th 2009, 08:28 PM
demo1
Functions question
Hi, here's a problem that I don't quite understand:

"The sum of two numbers is 26, the sum of their squares is a minimum. Determine the two numbers."

How would i model the 2 numbers? Is this correct? X^2 + (26-X)^2 = 0? What does it mean by the sum of their squares is a MINIMUM? What would the equation look like if the sum of their squares was a MAXIMUM?

Thanks.
• Mar 8th 2009, 10:12 PM
u2_wa
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Originally Posted by demo1
Hi, here's a problem that I don't quite understand:

"The sum of two numbers is 26, the sum of their squares is a minimum. Determine the two numbers."

How would i model the 2 numbers? Is this correct? X^2 + (26-X)^2 = 0? What does it mean by the sum of their squares is a MINIMUM? What would the equation look like if the sum of their squares was a MAXIMUM?

Thanks.

Open this equation:
\$\displaystyle x^2 + (26-x)^2\$
You will get
\$\displaystyle 679 + 2x^2 - 52x
\$ , Now you can either take it's derivative and equate it to zero to get the value of x where this function is minimum or express it in the form of \$\displaystyle a(x-c)^2+d\$ and equate \$\displaystyle (x-c)=0\$ and get the value of x i.e \$\displaystyle c\$