(1) An open box is to be constructed from a square piece of sheet metal by removing a square of side 1 foot from each corner and turning up the edges. If the box is to hold 4 cubic feet, what should be the dimensions of the sheet metal?
(2) Using the question above, solve if the piece of sheet metal is a rectangle whose length is twice the width.
(1)The height of the box will be 1 ft, so the area of the base must be 4 sq ft
Originally Posted by symmetry
So if the width of the box is w ft, the length is 4/w ft, and the size of the
sheet it is floded from is w+2 by (4/w)+2 ft.
Opps, did not notice that we has a square sheet of metal, as its square w=2, and the
original sheet is as Earboth says 4'x4'
(2)Here 2(w+2)=(4/w)+2, which you should solve for w, you will have two
roots one of which will not satisfy the conditions to be a width, and the
other will, and it will be the solution.