Question

You have just bought a new puppy and want to fence in an area in the backyard for her to roam. You buy 100 linear feet from Home Depot and have decided to make a rectangular fenced in area using the back of your house as a side. What are the dimensions to maximize the area your puppy can roam

1. kimchi2

50 ft * 25 ft

Step-by-step explanation:

Let the length of the rectangular area be x ft and the width of the rectangular area be y ft. You already have 100 ft of material for fencing. Also one side of your house is used in fencing.

The perimeter of the fence needed = x + 2y

Therefore:

100 = x + 2y

x = 100 – 2y

Also the area of the rectangular fence is:

Area (A) = length * breadth

A = xy

Substitute x = 100 – 2y

A = (100 – 2y)y

A = 100y – 2y²

Maximum area is at dA / dy = 0. Hence:

dA/dy = 100 – 4y

100 – 4y = 0

4y = 100

y = 25 ft

substitute value of y in x:

x = 100 – 2y = 100 – 2(25) = 100 – 50 = 50 ft

x = 50 ft

The dimension of the rectangular space is 50 ft * 25 ft