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    A packaging company is going to make open topped boxes ,with square bases that hold 108 cubic centimeters.What are the dimensions of the box that can be built with the least material?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathcalculushelp View Post
    A packaging company is going to make open topped boxes ,with square bases that hold 108 cubic centimeters.What are the dimensions of the box that can be built with the least material?
    let x = side of the square base
    h = box height
    S = surface area of the box

    x^2h=108

    S=x^2+4xh

    get S in terms of a single variable and minimize
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    Question S?

    what does minimise mean exactly?I am a bit new to this topic.Pls elaborate.Are we supposed to find S?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathcalculushelp View Post
    what does minimise mean exactly?I am a bit new to this topic.Pls elaborate.Are we supposed to find S?
    if you don't know what "minimize" means, then you are not prepared to do this sort of problem.

    you need to speak with your instructor.
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