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Unformatted text preview: Math 16b Thomas Scanlon Autumn 2010 Thomas Scanlon Math 16b Question, recalled Last week, we considered the problem of maximizing the area enclosed by a rectangular fence subject to having a budget of $ 600. Here, the cost of the red side is $ 7 per foot while the other sides cost $ 5 per foot. We solved the problem by using the equation 12 y + 10 x = 600 to solve for y as a function of x and then solved the corresponding one variable optimization problem. Thomas Scanlon Math 16b Question: the example turned on its head As before, the cost of the red side is $7 per foot while the other sides cost $ 5 per foot. Now, I would like to know the value of x and y which minimize the cost subject to the constraint that the area is 30 square feet. Thomas Scanlon Math 16b Solution using Lagrange multipliers This time we wish to minimize C ( x , y ) := 12 y + 10 x subject to the constraint that xy = 30. In this case, it would be fairly easy to convert the problem to a one variable optimization problem, but for sake of illustration we shall use Lagrange multipliers. We set G ( x , y , ) := 12 y + 10 x + ( xy 30 ) and compute G x = 10 + y , G y = 12 + x and G = xy 30 Thomas Scanlon Math 16b Solution, continued Setting all of the rst partial derivatives of G equal to zero, we have 10 + y = 0, 12 + x = 0 and xy 30 = 0. From the rst two equations we conclude 10 / y = = 12 / x , or by taking reciprocals and additive inverses,...
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course MATH 16B taught by Professor Sarason during the Fall '06 term at University of California, Berkeley.
 Fall '06
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