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**mollymcf2009** I think that you have your wording wrong in your problem. Are you sure it doesn't say something like, "twice as long as it is tall"?

Check that, but here is how you need to set this up:

Volume = length x width x height

Surface area (box with no top) = 2(length x height) + 2(width x height) + (length x width)

V = 8h

A = 2(4h) + 2(2h) + 8

= 8h + 4h +8

= 12h + 8

Double check the question and then I can help you through the rest. IT really isn't an optimization problem the way it's worded.

Since you are given your volume, you should have two variables in there.