The Wire Problem

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A standard optimization problem in first-semester calculus is to maximize and minimize the total area of two geometric figures made from a fixed length of wire cut into two pieces. This Demonstration illustrates that problem using a wire of length 10 and three pairs of geometric figures.

Contributed by: Marc Brodie (March 2011)
(Benedictine University at Mesa)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



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