# Use Lagrange multipliers to find the dimensions of a rectangular box

• February 23rd 2010, 06:23 PM
sammygirl2791
Use Lagrange multipliers to find the dimensions of a rectangular box
Use Lagrange multipliers to find the dimensions of a rectangular box of maximum volume such that the sum of the lengths of its 12 edges is a constant c.
• February 23rd 2010, 06:28 PM
icemanfan
So you want to maximize $f(x, y, z) = xyz$ with the constraint that $g(x, y, z) = 4x + 4y + 4z = c$.

Now use $<\frac{\delta f}{\delta x}, \frac{\delta f}{\delta y}, \frac{\delta f}{\delta z}> = \lambda<\frac{\delta g}{\delta x}, \frac{\delta g}{\delta y}, \frac{\delta g}{\delta z}>$