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    Optimization Problem

    The question is:
    A gable window has the form of a rectangle topped by an equilateral triangle, the side of which are equal to the width of the rectangle. Find the maximum area of the window if the perimeter is 600cm.
    What i have done so far is that i have solved for y where y= 300-3/2x. I have also solved the triangle on top of the rectangle where the h= x(3)^(0.5). (its x times root 3)
    I am just not sure what to do from there.

    Thank you in advance!
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    Ok

    Quote Originally Posted by rhhs11 View Post
    The question is:
    What i have done so far is that i have solved for y where y= 300-3/2x. I have also solved the triangle on top of the rectangle where the h= x(3)^(0.5). (its x times root 3)
    I am just not sure what to do from there.

    Thank you in advance!
    600=3x+2y....and you have that A=xy+x^2...now solve for a variable imput it into the area equation differentiate them find a max
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    ok, so i differentiated and i got x=600/(3+(3)^(0.5) which equals 126.8. So i subbed that into total Area equation which is A=300x - 3x^2 + x^2(3)^(0.5)/x.

    I get A(126.8) = 20884.7cm but the answer is 2.1 m^2
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    You must have made a mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by rhhs11 View Post
    ok, so i differentiated and i got x=600/(3+(3)^(0.5) which equals 126.8. So i subbed that into total Area equation which is A=300x - 3x^2 + x^2(3)^(0.5)/x.

    I get A(126.8) = 20884.7cm but the answer is 2.1 m^2
    600=3x+2y...so y=\frac{-3(x-200)}{2}...imputting that into your area equation you get A=x\cdot\bigg(\frac{-3(x-200)}{2}\bigg)..differentiating we get A'=300-3x which equals zero at x is equal to 100...now to check if its a max we find the second derivative A''=-3...which is always negative...therefore x=100 is a max...substitute it into your perimeter equation and get x
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    im sorry, but i have been stuck on the same question for almost 2 hrs now. Can you please expand the differentiation?

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    Of course

    Quote Originally Posted by rhhs11 View Post
    im sorry, but i have been stuck on the same question for almost 2 hrs now. Can you please expand the differentiation?

    Of course you can this is the point of the site my friend ..ok A=x\cdot\bigg(\frac{-3(x-200)}{2}\bigg)=x\cdot\bigg(\frac{-3x+600}{2}=\frac{-3x^2}{2}+300x\bigg)...so using basic rules of diffentiation we get that A'=2\cdot\frac{-3x^{2-1}}{2}+1\cdot{300x^{1-1}}=-3x+300x^0=-3x+300=300-3x=3(100-x)
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