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    Optimization Question

    Can I get some help with this question?

    Let a=(1, 5) and b=(2,2) and let c=(x,0) with x >= 8/3 be a point along the x-axis.
    (a) Find the maximum possible angle at c in the triangle abc.
    (b) Find the maximum possible length for the shadow along the y-axis cast by the line
    segment ab when a light is placed at point c.
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    Re: Optimization Question

    a) I would begin by stating the lengths of the 3 sides of the triangle.
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    Re: Optimization Question

    Sorry wrong question.
    Last edited by frigid; November 22nd 2012 at 08:13 PM.
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    Re: Optimization Question

    How did you obtain these measures for the side lengths? What method did you use for optimization?

    edit: I see you edited your post. I am glad this was a mistake, as they were wrong.
    Last edited by MarkFL; November 22nd 2012 at 08:19 PM.
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