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    Finding minimum value

    A = 2x^2 + 20/x

    "Hence determine the value of x that will give the minimum surface area to be coated."

    I don't even know what kind of graph I'm working with here, but I guess I'm looking for a local minimum? Any hints? Thanks
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    Re: Finding minimum value

    Quote Originally Posted by Pulsys View Post
    A = 2x^2 + 20/x

    "Hence determine the value of x that will give the minimum surface area to be coated."

    I don't even know what kind of graph I'm working with here, but I guess I'm looking for a local minimum? Any hints? Thanks
    Is it \displaystyle \begin{align*} 2x^2 + \frac{20}{x} \end{align*} or \displaystyle \begin{align*} \frac{2x^2 + 20}{x} \end{align*}?
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    Re: Finding minimum value

    \displaystyle \begin{align*} 2x^2 + \frac{20}{x} \end{align*}
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    Re: Finding minimum value

    You should know that functions will either be maximised at turning points or endpoints. The function is discontinuous at x = 0, so it should be clear that when you approach 0 from the left, the function approaches \displaystyle \begin{align*} -\infty \end{align*}, so the function does not have a minimum.
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    Re: Finding minimum value

    x refers to the dimensions of an object, so the domain would be x>0. So I'm looking for the stationary point to the right of the y-axis (am I wrong to call that a "local minimum"?). How could I do this? I assume I could use the derivative of the function to find the point where the gradient is 0. Assuming I've got the right idea, could anyone be so kind as to give me the derivative of this function?
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    Re: Finding minimum value

    Quote Originally Posted by Pulsys View Post
    x refers to the dimensions of an object, so the domain would be x>0. So I'm looking for the stationary point to the right of the y-axis (am I wrong to call that a "local minimum"?). How could I do this? I assume I could use the derivative of the function to find the point where the gradient is 0. Assuming I've got the right idea, could anyone be so kind as to give me the derivative of this function?
    This is why you have to post the ENTIRE question, so that you don't waste our time answering a question that wasn't asked...
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    Re: Finding minimum value

    Quote Originally Posted by Prove It View Post
    This is why you have to post the ENTIRE question, so that you don't waste our time answering a question that wasn't asked...
    Haha yes, that's my bad, very sorry about the wasted time. I omitted the rest of the question to avoid wasting everyone's time as I originally thought it'd be irrelevant. Here's the former part of the question:

    A manufacturer wants to dip an open box in plastic resin to coat the inside and the outside of the box, including the base, with plastic resin. The box has a square base. The sides of the square base measure x metres each.
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    Re: Finding minimum value

    Well, you are correct that you would have to use the derivative. To find the derivative, it would help if you wrote the function as \displaystyle \begin{align*} 2x^2 + 20x^{-1} \end{align*}...
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