A lighthouse, L, is located on a small island 4 km west of point A on a straight north-south coastlne. A power cable is to be laid from L to the nearest source of power at point B on the shoreline, 12 km north of point A. The cost of laying cable under water is $6000/km and the cost of laying cable along the shoreline is $2000/km. To minimize the cost, the power line will be built from L underwater to a point C on the shoreline and then alone the shoreline from C to B. Find the location of point C (to the nearest metre) on the shoreline where the power cable should enter the water.
O.K.
so far, I am at the part to find the domain of x.
At this point, I believe that the domain of x is...
0<x<12
However, I am not 100% sure on this..
When I did proceed with this domain I found that the min cost was 48,000 dollars per km when the cable is 12 km on the shoreline and 4 km underwater
I dont know if this is correct.. can someone verify with me?
Yes on this account.At this point, I believe that the domain of x is
Drawing a diagram IS very helpful, especially when they tell you how they want the diagram to be drawn. If we have the LH to the west of A, and a point C between A and B (they tell us the best way to minimize our costs are if we run a cable underwater to the shore between A and B), we have a triangle:
We can call the hypotenuse: |LC| which is the distance from the lighthouse to the point C between A and B
We can call the base: |LA| defined as the shortest from the lighthouse to the shore, which is 4KM
We can call the side opposite the Lighthouse: |AC|, which we can label X, which is the distance from A to C, and is the POINT on the shore where our underwater cable ends
Above the Triangle LAC we have a single north-south line:
We can call the distance from B to the point C: |BC| which is the point B to C, which is the cabling for the ground - we know the maximum this length can be is 12 (not really since we are told to get a point between A and B), and that any other point would be 12-X
The next step would be to determine just what the relationships are between these sides/lines. From there, we can then form a function that gives us the cost of the underwater cable (the hypotenuse of our triangle, |LC|), and the shoreline-cable (|BC|).
No. Using your measurements, that would mean they lay the cable underwater in a straight line from the Lighthouse to the point A, and then lay shoreline cable from A to B. Draw that on a piece of paper; you will see you get a right triangle. What is smaller the Hypotenuse, or the 12KM+4KM?
$48,000 is going to be your maximum cost, but we want the OPTIMIZATION of this situation; in that we want the MINIMUM cost, and the corresponding distance of C from A that relates to that.
The distance I got from A to C was . Hopefully I did that right, and perhaps someone can hop in and check.
No may take any real value, but we do know that for the minimum cost it will be in the range to km.
The diagram should look like the attachment, the heavy line represents the cable.
So the length of cable underwater is km and the length of cable on land is km (but as we know the minimum cost will be achieved when is in we may drop the absolute value and look for the minimum in )
CB