# Awkward maximisation question

1. Nov 8, 2012

### 11thHeaven

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Suppose it is the season for harvesting apples. You can earn (-1/3)
t^3 + 6t^2 + 16t + 10 GBP per kilo for the
apples you sell in good condition, where t denotes the number of days from the beginning of the harvest.
However you will lose apples to rot at the rate of 4t - 6 kg/day. On what day after harvest begins should
you sell your apples to maximise your revenue?

3. The attempt at a solution

It might just be because my head isn't working particularly well at the moment, but I can't see exactly what I need to differentiate and how the rate of change of value of apples relates to the rate of change of volume of apples.

Help appreciated :)

2. Nov 8, 2012

### Ray Vickson

Suppose you sell the apples on day t. How many kg of apples do you sell? What is the selling price per kg for those sold apples?

RGV

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