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Building the Cheapest Sandbox: An Allegory with Spinoff

by William P. Cooke (West Texas State University)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
April, 1987

Subject classification(s): Calculus | Several Variable Calculus | Functions of Several Variables | Single Variable Calculus | Differentiation
Applicable Course(s): 3.1 Mainstream Calculus I

With a real-world optimization problem, the author shows a fun application of calculus concerning extreme values, highlighting differences between the academia viewpoint and the practical viewpoint.

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Capsule Course Topic(s): One-Variable Calculus | Differentiation: General Applications
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