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    Minimizing Cost (Optimization)

    What would be the approach for this problem:
    A power house, P, is on one bank of a straight river 200m wide, and a factory, F, is on the other bank 400m downstream from P. The cable has to be taken across the river under water at a cost of $12.00/m. On land the cost is $6.00/m. What path should be chosen so the cost is minimized?

    Any help would be much appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superhume View Post
    What would be the approach for this problem:
    A power house, P, is on one bank of a straight river 200m wide, and a factory, F, is on the other bank 400m downstream from P. The cable has to be taken across the river under water at a cost of $12.00/m. On land the cost is $6.00/m. What path should be chosen so the cost is minimized?

    Any help would be much appreciated.
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