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    problem on finding max value (URGENT)

    I was wondering what would be the way to answer this question. I know that trial error is one way but i also know that there is a differential calculus like method. But i am not sure about how to do it. Could some one pleaes help me!!!!!

    "Find the length of the cuboid which has a maximum permissible length of 1.070m and also has the maximum possible volume"

    NOTE: must ensure that sum of the maximum length and the corresponding circumference (circumference of plane perpendicular to length)

    All help is appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matref View Post
    I was wondering what would be the way to answer this question. I know that trial error is one way but i also know that there is a differential calculus like method. But i am not sure about how to do it. Could some one pleaes help me!!!!!

    "Find the length of the cuboid which has a maximum permissible length of 1.070m and also has the maximum possible volume"

    NOTE: must ensure that sum of the maximum length and the corresponding circumference (circumference of plane perpendicular to length)

    All help is appreciated.
    So you have a rectangular solid with one side of length x and two of length y and must have x+ 4y= 1.070? Or sides of length x, y, z with x+ 2y+ 2z= 1.070?
    The volume is xy^2 in the first case, xyz in the second.

    In the first case, x= 1.070- 4y so xy^2= 1.070y^2- 4y^3. Differentiating that, 2.140y- 12y^2= y(2.140- 12y)= 0 which gives either y= 0 or y= 2.140/12= .1783. y= 0 gives a package of volume 0- obviously the maximum. So y= .1783 and then x= 1.070- 4(.1783)= 1.070- 0.7132= 0.3568. That makes the maximum volume (.3568)(.1783)^2= 0.011342989552.

    I don't think there is enough data to do the other case so I hope this was what you meant! Are you mailing a package?
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