• Support PF! Buy your school textbooks, materials and every day products Here!

Optimization semicircle problem

  • Thread starter jimen113
  • Start date
67
0
[SOLVED] Optimization problem

1. Homework Statement

A Norman window has the shape of a semicircle atop a rectangle so that the diameter of the smicircle is equal to the width of the rectangle. What is the area of the largest possible Norman window with a perimeter of 28 feet?

2. Homework Equations


After solving for b and plugging b into the Area formula I cannot determine the local max. Is the algebra or derivative wrong?

3. The Attempt at a Solution please see attachment
 

Attachments

Answers and Replies

67
0
Thanks for your suggestion, the perimeter of a circle is also also pi*diameter, so then a semi-circle P=1/2pi*d. Which is what I have for the 1st equation
 
67
0
1. Homework Statement

A Norman window has the shape of a semicircle atop a rectangle so that the diameter of the smicircle is equal to the width of the rectangle. What is the area of the largest possible Norman window with a perimeter of 28 feet?

2. Homework Equations


After solving for b and plugging b into the Area formula I cannot determine the local max. Is the algebra or derivative wrong?

3. The Attempt at a Solution please see attachment
Solution:
A(x)=14b-(4+pi/8)*b^2
A'(x)=14-(4+pi/4)*b
Solve for b: (56/4+pi)
Insert b into the original area formula A(x) and the area of the largest possible window=54.8897ft
The problem was set up correctly except that I rounded off to only one significant figure and that's why my original answer didn't match the answer provided in the book.
 

Related Threads for: Optimization semicircle problem

Replies
2
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
10
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
7
Views
999
  • Last Post
Replies
9
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
0
Views
920
Top