# Math Help - Optimization and Finding Dimensions

1. ## Optimization and Finding Dimensions

Another problem I'm having a tough time with.

Find the dimensions of a box with a square bottom and no top that will hold exactly cubic inches and have the smallest possible surface area.

The answers are apparently 1.25992A by 1.25992A by 1.25992A/2, but I have no idea how to get there. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

2. The volume of the box is:

$V = lbh$

Since the bas is a square, let one side be x and the height be h, such that:

$V = x^2h$

This equals A^3;

$A^3 = x^2h$

Now, the Surface area is given by:

$S.A = x^2 + 4xh$

You have two equations now. Substitute h in the second equation and differentiate with respect to x and solve for 0, to get the value of x in those conditions (Don't forget that A^3 is a constant).

Then, substitute the value of x to get the value of h.

3. Thanks, you are the bee's knees.