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Homework Help: Area of hexagon is maximum while perimeter is fixed

  1. Sep 12, 2014 #1


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    this is the given problem:

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    and this is my attempt at a solution:

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    I am stuck here as the variable y is unknown and I want to express y in terms of x, but cannot figure out how to do so.
    Thanks for any help!
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  3. Sep 12, 2014 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    Do not post thumbnails. Please read the 'pinned' thread 'Guidelines for students and helpers', which explains the reasons for this policy.
  4. Sep 13, 2014 #3


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    You're told that the perimeter is fixed, which means that P is some constant. You can represent y in terms of P and x so that you then have the area A in terms of just one variable x.
  5. Sep 13, 2014 #4


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    I got it, thanks alot!

    Also sorry for not reading the posting guidelines beforehand.
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