Hi there, I got a school problem that I need solving, I don't want to get the answer but I would love to get pointer as to where I have done something wrong.
The problem is as following:
I got a box with a lid on top. The base area is X*X and the height is H. H is the box + the extra height of the lid.
The lid has the size of the base area + 4 side plates that are 3 cm high.
The conditions are that the box should be 1000kubic cm large and the material needed should be as little as possible.
I figured that if I am to decide what the least amount of materials needed I need to set up a function and I have decided to calculate the Area of materials as a function of X.
With the conditions that X^2*(H-3)=1000 I get that H=1000/X^2+3
Total amount of materials f(X)=2X^2+4HX F(X)=2X^2+4*(1000*X^-2+3)X
And by derivation I should find the dimensions that gives us the least materials used. It feels wrong but I don't know what it is. So if you see any direct errors in the math please tell me and any pointers or hints as to how I should proceed would be greatly appreciated.
It's a little confusing and I have been at this for the last few days since I really want to crack this nut but I have to throw in the towel and ask for some extra help.
The conditions are that the box needs a volume of 1000 and that the base area is X^2 and the height h. Previously I said that the height was h-3 but after looking in to the assignment more closely I have changed my mind.
The lid of the box has the area X^2+12x and the area of all the sides including the bottom of the box is X^2+4hx.
I just cant figure out what to do in the next step, I tried to set that h=1000/X^2 but when I did that my graphs went insane and not producing any values I could use so clearly this mustn't be the way to solve the problem or it could be as simple as me making an error somewhere.
Could really use some of that extra help Mathstud28
Substitute and you have your function "amount of material" with respect to x:
Calculate the first derivative:
Now solve for x:
I don't know how to solve this equation algebraically. But my computer says that the positive real solution is