# Max and Min Problems: Solving with Calculus | Need Help & Explanation

• oreon
In summary: YOUR COST is a minimum? justify your answer with calculus. so it is asking minimize cost of fence , not minimum perimeter.note:there is a rectangular picture. top side of rectangular is your fence, left side is shared fence, right site is your fence and there is y and at the bottom your fence and there is x.My approach is=The parameters are length, L, and width, W. Let W bealong the shared lot-line.A = LWWhere area, A, is given in the problem. From this I think I can find L in terms of W, or vice versa but I don
oreon
Hi Everybody

I have two max and min word questions,I didnt understand well how to solve this type question,thats why, I would like you to help me and show me how to solve these questions.I know some beginning steps and know all solution way.But the problem is I don't know how to use or do those steps.Could you show me but not only show also teach me with explaining the steps sothat I can see what you did.I will have a small test tomorrow, and there will be afew min max questions.I want a learn how to those and after you show me, I will work on similar questions like them.
I will wait your responde and helps...

Here are two questions.
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1)My first question is:
A silo has a hemisphrerical roof,is cylindrical sided and has a circular floor, all made of steel. find the dimensions of a silo with a volume of 755 cubic meters that uses the least amount of steel to build. justify your answer with calculus. so it is asking minimize surface area.

note:there is a picture of a silo but there isn't anything on the picture except there is r on the top and on the bottom.also there is a h left side of silo.

My approach is=
So the two parameters are the height, h, of the silo, and
the radius, r, of the silo. The volume will be the volume
of the cylinder plus the volume of the hemisphere:
V = (2/3)pi r^3 + pi r^2 h
So V is given in the problem, allowing me to solve
for h in terms of r.

The total area is the sum of the area of the hemisphere and
the area of the cylindrical part:

A = 2pi r^2 + 2pi rh
Substitute for h in the area equation, then take the
derivative to find dA/dr. Set it to zero and solve for r.
Then back-substitute to find h.

2)Second question is:
A rectangular garden laid out along your neighbor's lot line contains 432 square meters area.it is to be fenced on all sides. If the neighbor pays for half the cost of the shared fence and fencing costs $35 per meter. what should the dimensions of the garden be so that YOUR COST is a minimum? justify your answer with calculus. so it is asking minimize cost of fence , not minimum perimeter. note:there is a rectangular picture. top side of rectangular is your fence, left side is shared fence, right site is your fence and there is y and at the bottom your fence and there is x. My approach is= The parameters are length, L, and width, W. Let W be along the shared lot-line. A = LW Where area, A, is given in the problem. From this I think I can find L in terms of W, or vice versa but I don't know how to do it right:) C = 35 (2L + 1.5W) Thank you very much for your helps. Last edited: On a differentiable function on a conitinuous interval, maxima and minima can occur at: 1. Locations where the derivative is zero 2. The endpoints of the interval You could just find all of the locations where a maximum or minimum could occur and check them. I have just learned these type questions today that's why I really don't know how to do. I would be so happy if you showed me the steps and put some little notes what you did there. Plz anybody? Last edited: Reading what you've done above, it seems to me you've understood the meaning of that calculus. I have not found any reason for your lack of trust. Anyway, you can try with this problem. It's a typical engineering problem where one have to minimize the surface of a cylindrical reservoir covered by two solid surfaces (rounded) at the top and bottom. The reservoir has a height h and a radius R. Given some volume V, try to find R(h) such that the surface exposed to an external environment is minimum. oreon said: Hi Everybody I have two max and min word questions,I didnt understand well how to solve this type question,thats why, I would like you to help me and show me how to solve these questions.I know some beginning steps and know all solution way.But the problem is I don't know how to use or do those steps.Could you show me but not only show also teach me with explaining the steps sothat I can see what you did.I will have a small test tomorrow, and there will be afew min max questions.I want a learn how to solve those and after you show me, I will work on similar questions like them. I will wait your responde and helps... Here are two questions. ----------------------- 1)My first question is: A silo has a hemisphrerical roof,is cylindrical sided and has a circular floor, all made of steel. find the dimensions of a silo with a volume of 755 cubic meters that uses the least amount of steel to build. justify your answer with calculus. so it is asking minimize surface area. note:there is a picture of a silo but there isn't anything on the picture except there is r on the top and on the bottom.also there is a h left side of silo. My approach is= So the two parameters are the height, h, of the silo, and the radius, r, of the silo. The volume will be the volume of the cylinder plus the volume of the hemisphere: V = (2/3)pi r^3 + pi r^2 h So V is given in the problem, allowing me to solve for h in terms of r. The total area is the sum of the area of the hemisphere and the area of the cylindrical part: A = 2pi r^2 + 2pi rh Substitute for h in the area equation, then take the derivative to find dA/dr. Set it to zero and solve for r. Then back-substitute to find h. Okay except that you haven't included the area of the floor. You need and additional pi r^2 2)Second question is: A rectangular garden laid out along your neighbor's lot line contains 432 square meters area.it is to be fenced on all sides. If the neighbor pays for half the cost of the shared fence and fencing costs$35 per meter. what should the dimensions of the garden be so that YOUR COST is a minimum? justify your answer with calculus. so it is asking minimize cost of fence ,
not minimum perimeter.

note:there is a rectangular picture. top side of rectangular is your fence,
left side is shared fence, right site is your fence and there is y and at the bottom your fence and there is x.

My approach is=
The parameters are length, L, and width, W. Let W be
along the shared lot-line.

A = LW

Where area, A, is given in the problem. From this I think I can find L in terms of W, or vice versa but I don't know how to do it right:)

C = 35 (2L + 1.5W)

Thank you very much for your helps.
Yes, and since you were told that A= LW= 432, you know that L= 432/W and want to minimize 35(864/W+ 1.5W) or, conversely, that W= 432/L and want to minimize 35(2L+ 648/L).

It might help to write them as 35(864W-1+ 1.5W) or
35(2L+ 648L-1).

I did the first one , could you guys check?

Acube(r, h) = 2∏rh+2∏r2
= ∏r(2h+r)

V = ∏r2h = 755 ---> h = 755/∏r2

Acube(r) = ∏r[(1510/∏r2)+r]

A’(r) = [(2∏r3-1510)/(r2)]

A’(r) = [(2∏r3-1510)/(r2)] = 0

r3 = 755/∏ ----> r = 6,2 m

h = 755/∏r2
h = 6,25 m

This is the second one, Could you check this too?

xy = 432
y = 432/x
Cost = 35(2x+1.5y)

C = 35(2x+(1.5*432/x))
C' = 70-(22680/x^2) = 0

x = 18

432/18 = 24
y=24

C= 35 (2x+1.5y)
= 35 (2.18+1.5*24)
= 2520\$

V = (2/3)pi r^3 + pi r^2 h
So, solving for h:
$$h=\frac{V-(2/3)\pi r^3}{\pi r^2}$$

plug this in the area (without the floor, do the correct one with the floor area yourself):
$$A = 2\pi r^2 + 2\pi rh=2\pi r^2 + 2\pi r\frac{V-(2/3)\pi r^3}{\pi r^2}$$
rewrite it with a bit of algebra:
$$A=\frac{2}{3}\pi r^2+\frac{2V}{r}$$
taking the derivative and setting it equal to zero:
$$A'=\frac{\frac{4}{3} \pi r^3-2V}{r^2}=0$$
gives $r=(\frac{6V}{4\pi})^{1/3}$
Notice that A'<0 if r is smaller than that critical value and A'(r)>0 if r is greater than that critical value. So you have an absolute minimum.
Since V=755 m^3, r=7.12 m.
then plug r back into:
$$h=\frac{V-(2/3)\pi r^3}{\pi r^2}=$$
to find h.
Just like you said in your first post.

(Surprise: h=0.)

The fence problem is correct as far as I can tell.
For completeness though, you should check and add that x=18 really gives a minimum C, not merely a point where the derivative is zero.

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Thank you very much galileo ,you are a great person.

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## 1. What are max&min problems?

Max&min problems refer to optimization problems where the goal is to find the maximum or minimum value of a function, subject to certain constraints. These types of problems are commonly encountered in mathematics, engineering, and economics.

## 2. How do you solve max&min problems?

To solve max&min problems, you first need to define the objective function and the constraints. Then, you can use various methods such as differentiation, linear programming, or calculus to find the optimal solution.

## 3. What are some common applications of max&min problems?

Max&min problems have a wide range of applications in various fields. They can be used to determine the most efficient production levels for a company, the optimal route for a transportation network, or the best investment strategy for a financial portfolio.

## 4. Are there any tips for solving max&min problems?

Some tips for solving max&min problems include carefully defining the objective function and constraints, visualizing the problem with graphs or diagrams, and breaking down the problem into smaller, more manageable parts.

## 5. What are some common mistakes to avoid when solving max&min problems?

Some common mistakes to avoid when solving max&min problems include not carefully considering all the constraints, not checking for critical points or boundary points, and not double-checking the solution for accuracy.

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