I am trying to find the minimum and maximum distance between point (0,4) and the line y=(x^2)/4 in the region of 0<=x<=2√3.
This is what i have so far
then calculate y'
then make y'=0
then determine if max or min using 2nd derivative test
The problem i am having is that the answers i get for x when y' = 0 are imaginary. i have computed this problem using matlab and get the same answers except that they are real and have isolated the problem to my simplification of y.
matlab gives it as y=0.25(-16x^2+x^4+256)^0.5
Could some one please explain how to simplify y=(x^2+(X^4)/16+16)^0.5 to y=0.25(-16x^2+x^4+256)^0.5 or suggest a better way to approach this problem
Thanks in advance
thanks for that it was very helpful- only one minor correction -when you expanded (x^2-16)^2 it should have been to x^4-32x+256 not x^2-32x+256 which makes the next equation ((16x^2^2+x^4-32x+256)/4)^1/2 not ((17x^2-32x+256)/4)^1/2