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    an open rectangular box is made from a square sheet of cardboard of length & width 0.5m by removing a square from each corner and joining the cut edges . Find the maximum volume of the box
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24680 View Post
    an open rectangular box is made from a square sheet of cardboard of length & width 0.5m by removing a square from each corner and joining the cut edges . Find the maximum volume of the box
    Cut out a square of size x by x on each corner. Thus the length of the box is 0.5 - 2x and the length of the box is 0.5 - 2x and the height of the box is x. Thus the volume of the box will be:
    V = (0.5 - 2x)*(0.5 - 2x)*x = 4x^3 - 2x^2 + 0.25x

    We want the maximum value of this function.

    I presume you know Calculus? We wish to set V'(x) = 0
    So
    V'(x) = 12x^2 - 4x + 0.25 = 0

    Thus x = 1/4 and x = 1/12.
    Obviously the x = 1/4 solution is ridiculous because we would be cutting the entire length of the board off in cutting the corners. So the only solution is x = 1/12.

    Thus V(1/12) = 1/108 = 0.009289 m^3

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