I' at a a very very very basic level of calculus and usually have to watch a video or read something basic just to understand the basics.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I'm fascinated by optimization equations, for example what is the largest area that can made with 500m of fencing. So at some point in solving this we end up using the first derivative.

My limited understanding of first derivatives however relates to finding the slope of of a point on a curve.

What I am currently struggling to understand is how does finding the slope on a point of a curve relate to finding the maximum area that can be created with a certain amount of fencing?

thanks in advance for any help with this

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# How do derivatives provide answers for optimization problems ?

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