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    Geometric Optimization

    A large bin for holding heavy material must be in the shape of a box with an open top and a square base. The base will cost 7 dollars a square foot and the sides will cost 9 dollars a square foot. If the volume must be 190 cubic feet. Find the dimensions that will minimize the cost of the box's construction.

    Base : ____________
    Each side : ______________
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    Re: Geometric Optimization

    Since the base is square, the two sides are equal: let "b" represent the length of a side of the base, in feet. Let "h" represent the height of the box, in feet. Then we have a square base, with area b^2 square feet and four sides with area bh square feet. Since "the base will cost 7 dollars a square foot and the sides will cost 9 dollars a square foot" the base will cost 7b^2 dollars and each of the four sides will cost 9bh dollars so the total cost is 7b^2+ 36bh dollars. That is the function you want to minimize.

    Since you did not show any attempt yourself to do this problem, or tell us what methods you have learned to find "minimum" values of a function, I don't know how to tell you to continue.
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