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## Homework Statement

could someone please help me to answer the following problem:

Suppose a wire 20 cm long is to be cut into two pieces. One piece is to be bent in the shape of an equatorial triangle and the other in the shape of a circle. How should the wire be cut so as to:

a) maximize the total area enclosed by the shapes ?

b)minimize the total area enclosed by the shapes ?

## Homework Equations

## The Attempt at a Solution

i applied x as the circle length and (20-x) as the triangle length ,,

we know that x=(2pi)r > r=x/2pi ,, A(c)=pi*(x/2pi)^2 ,,

A(t)=.5*(20-x)/3*sqrt(((20-x)/3)^2-((20-x)/6)^2)

A(c+t)= A(c) + A(t) ... then differentiate ,, solve for A`(c+t)=0 and i'll get what ?? maximize or minimize and how to get the other one ?? ,, and is there another way ?? (easier one) because it's hard to solve for A`(c+t) the equation is too long ...