Originally Posted by

**matt944** Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:56 pm Post subject: Perimeter word problem

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Hi,

Im having some problems with a word problem given by my instructor.

The quesiton is -

You are given 50m of rope, and cut it into two sections (x and y). With one part of the rope, you make a circle. With the other half, you form a square.

a) Create an equation to illustrate this idea and

b) maximize the area of both objects

Im having problems creating an equation for this problem. I know that

x+y=50

Peremeter of a circle - 2(Pi)r

peremeter of a square - 4L

Can anyone help me formulate the equation so I can maximize the peremeter?

Thanks!

Matt