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The Pen and the Barn

by Peter Schumer

This article originally appeared in:
College Mathematics Journal
May, 1997

Subject classification(s): Linear Measure | Measurement | Numbers and Computation
Applicable Course(s): 3.1 Mainstream Calculus I

In the classical problem of fixed perimeter and maximum area of the calculus, it is shown that the length of the fence affects the shape of the optimal pen.

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