# Thread: Rectangular Field Along River

1. ## Rectangular Field Along River

Jack has 3000 feet of fencing available to enclose a rectangular field. One side of the field lies along a river, so only 3 sides require fencing.

(a) Express the area A of the rectangle as a function of x, where x is the length of the side parallel to the river.

(b) Graph A = A(x). For what value of x is the area largest?

2. Hello, symmetry!

Did you make a sketch?

Jack has 3000 feet of fencing available to enclose a rectangular field.
One side of the field lies along a river, so only 3 sides require fencing.

(a) Express the area $\displaystyle A$ of the rectangle as a function of $\displaystyle x$,
where $\displaystyle x$ is the length of the side parallel to the river.

(b) Graph $\displaystyle A = A(x)$. .For what value of $\displaystyle x$ is the area largest?
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The area of the field is: .$\displaystyle A \:=\:xy$ [1]

The total fencing is: $\displaystyle x + 2y$.
Since Jack has 3000 feet of fencing: .$\displaystyle x + 2y \:=\:3000\quad\Rightarrow\quad y \:=\:\frac{3000 - x}{2}$ [2]

Substitute [2] into [1]: .$\displaystyle A \:=\:x\left(\frac{3000 - x}{2}\right)\quad\Rightarrow\quad\boxed{A \:=\:1500x - \frac{1}{2}x^2}$ (a)

If we graph $\displaystyle A \:=\:1500x - \frac{1}{2}x^2$, it looks like this:
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The maximum $\displaystyle A$ occurs when $\displaystyle x = 1500$.

3. ## ok

Soroban,

This reply is one of the best yet on this site. I love the way you break things down step by step.

Thanks!