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    Trig Optimization Problem

    I am having a bit of trouble getting started with this problem:
    The hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is 12 cm in length. Find the measures of the angles in the triangle that maximize its perimeter.
    Any help would be appreciated.
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    It's a right triangle. So x^2 + y^2 = 12^2. You want to maximize the perimenter = x+y+12. After you have x and y, you can use trig to find the angles
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