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Ponton optimisation

  1. Mar 23, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    This is the problem that I have , but I do not have any idea..
    Please help me :) and sorry if it is not in the right category.


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  3. Mar 23, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    The idea is to maximize floatation for a fixed amount of steel ... so what makes things float?
     
  4. Mar 23, 2013 #3

    SteamKing

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    Even moreso, use the GIANT hint in the paragraph below the figure.
    Given the shape of the pontoon, can you write expressions for the perimeter and the area of the cross section of the pontoon? You want to follow the directions of the hint carefully.
     
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