To contain oil spills, rectangular booms that have a cross-link to provide stability are used. The cross-link joins the long sides and is parallel to the short sides. What is the minimum total length of boom required to enclose an oil spill covering 100 000 m^2 of water if it can only be constructed from 10-m sections?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I figured out how to do this if 10-m sections are not required, but cannot figure out what to do if the booms have restrictions. Please advise. Thanks!

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**

Dismiss Notice

Join Physics Forums Today!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

# Homework Help: Minimization of Material

**Physics Forums | Science Articles, Homework Help, Discussion**