Hi:

I have this question that follows. It is in a differentiation section of the book. It asks to find area and value of x. But I thought when I differentiate it is to find the gradient of a tangent to a curve. What don't I know here?

The question is as follows:

A piece of wire of total length 12m is cut into two pieces. One piece of wite is bent into a rectangle of sides xm and 3xm and the other is bent to form the boundary of a square. Show that the total area enclosed by the rectangle and the square is given by:

Find the value of x if the total area enclosed is a minimum. Verify that your stationary value is a minimum.

Thank you