I am having trouble setting up the primary equation to this optimization problem.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Here is a link to the problem

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Here is the best equation I can come up with but this leads me nowhere...

The hypotenuse of the each triangle: sqrt(x^2+y^2)

The length of the line from (0,h) to (0,y): h-y

let L be the length of the wire needed then

L = 2sqrt(x^2+y^2)+h-y

2sqrt(x^2+y^2) for the two hypotenuses of the triangles

h-y for the small line segment from point (0,h) to (0,y)

Where can I go from here? I'm only looking for a small hint to get me going in the right direction... Thanks

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# Homework Help: Optimization Problem (Calc I)

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