Solution for problem # 1:

You are given a cylinder with a fixed volume of 216 cubic cm. You are tasked to find the radius and height which will require the minimum amount of metal (i.e. smallest surface area).

In order to minimize the surface area, you have to obtain the derivative of the surface area with respect to one of the other dimensions, and then equate that derivative to zero. For example, if A is the surface area and R is the radius, then:

And then solve for the values of R and height (let's represent height with the variable h). Since the volume V of a circular cylinder is

then the value of h is

The total surface area of a circular cylinder is the sum of its lateral area and the areas of its bases:

Substitute h into the equation for A and simplify, to obtain:

Differentiate with respect to R and equate to 0:

Solve for R, then solve for h.