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Maximal feild question

  1. Mar 3, 2007 #1
    i added a photo of the situation

    inside an ellipse (its formula x^2 /a^2 + y^2 /b^2 =1)
    we block an isosceles trapeze .
    the large base of the trapeze is on the X axes.

    show that the maximal space of the trapeze is 3^0.5( a*b)?

    i tried to get the feild of the trapeze by signing the height by X

    but if i connect it to the ellipse formula for as x-b

    i need another variable for the small base of the trapeze.

    how can i solve it?

    i tried by integrals but i dont know the formula of the trapeze fonction

    what to do?
    how do i prove that the maximal space of the trapeze is 3^0.5( a*b)?

    plz help
     

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  3. Mar 3, 2007 #2

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    Since the height is perpendicular to the x-axis, call it y instead!

    What two x-values correspond to y? Their difference is the length of the smaller base.
     
  4. Mar 3, 2007 #3
    there is no x vaules that are connected to the length of
    the small base

    we can say that the length of the big base is 2a
    but in order to find the little base or the height of the trapeze
    there begins the problem
    notice that the answer includes only the parameters of the
    ellipse fuction??
    plz help
     
  5. Mar 3, 2007 #4

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    Did you read my first response? Your last post gives no indication that you have!

    Solve
    [tex]\frac{x^2}{a^2}+ \frac{y^2}{b^2}= 1[/tex]
    for x as a function of y. You will get two values of x. There difference is the length of the smaller base. With that you can write the area of the trapezoid as a function of y and then maximize that function.
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2007
  6. Mar 4, 2007 #5
    thank u very much
     
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