# Word Problems - Distance between 2 objects, maximizing area, and more

• Feb 27th 2008, 06:54 AM
xkncx
Word Problems - Distance between 2 objects, maximizing area, and more
I just need help on questions 7, 8, 9, 12, and 13

For question 7, I keep thinking that the pool area is a square, so wouldn't all sides be equally fenced? Therefore wouldn't the 25M be equally divided by 4 to maximize area?

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Thank-you in advance :)
• Feb 27th 2008, 07:15 AM
Peritus
7. square is just a special case of rectangle whose adjacent sides are equal.

let's denote one of the sides as a and the other as b thus:

$\displaystyle \begin{gathered} 2\left( {a + b} \right) = 25 \hfill \\ S = ab = a\left( {\frac{{25}} {2} - a} \right) \hfill \\ \end{gathered}$

now let's differentiate S(a):

$\displaystyle \frac{{dS}} {{da}} = \frac{{25}} {2} - 2a = 0 \Rightarrow a = \frac{{25}} {4},b = \frac{{25}} {4}$

you can differentiate S one more time to make sure that it's maxima.
• Feb 27th 2008, 07:25 AM
colby2152
8) Max revenue is when R'(x)=0

$\displaystyle R'(x)=-10x+21$

$\displaystyle x=2.1$

Profit at that point is $\displaystyle R(21)-C(21) = -5(2.1)^2+21(2.1)-4(2.1)-14 \Rightarrow ???$

(Yes)