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    An open box......volume maximzed

    An open box is to be made from a square sheet of tin 14 centimeters on a side by cutting small squares from each of the corners and turning up the edges. What are the dimensions of the resulting box if its volume is to be maximized? Write an appropriate function modelling this situation and use the derivative to locate critical points.
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    Writing the volume in mathematical notation, we have

    V=(14-2x)^2\cdot x.

    To maximize V, we note that V=0 at the boundary points of its domain and that V is differentiable everywhere, so that a maximum must be attained at a point where V'=0.
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