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    Exclamation Little optimization problem

    Hello friendsĦĦ

    I need to find the greatest area rectangle which can be drawn "inside" of a right triangle.

    Measures: Cathetus a = 4cm and cathetus b = 3cm.

    I need to solve the problem by using derivatives.

    Thanks in advance
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    Hello, osodud!

    Find the greatest area rectangle which can be drawn
    inside a right triangle with legs 3 and 4.
    A diagram will always help.
    Code:
    -   - *
    :   : |  *
    :  3-y|     *
    :   : |        *
    3   - *-----------*
    :   : |     x     |  *
    :   y |           |y    *
    :   : |           |        *
    -   - *-----------*-----------*
          : - - x - - :  - 4-x -  :
          : - - - - - 4 - - - - - :

    The area of the rectangle is: . A \;=\;xy .[1]


    From the similar right triangles, we have: . \frac{3-y}{x} \:=\:\frac{y}{4-x}
    . . which simplifies to: . y \;=\;3-\tfrac{3}{4}x .[2]


    Substitute [2] into [1]: . A \;=\;x\left(3-\tfrac{3}{4}x\right)


    And you must maximize: . A \;=\;3x - \tfrac{3}{4}x^2

    . . Got it?

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