wire rods that hold the top and bottom circles together. The total amount of wire used is 4m. What radius and height will maximize the volume of the cylindrical frame? Round your answer to the nearest thousandth of a metre.
this is an optimization problem.
Answer by Perplexed
Use the radius r of the top/bottom as your variable. Call h the height of the cylinder. Therefore,
2*pi*r + 2*pi*r + 6*h = 4, which will let you express h as a function of r.
Now V (volume) = pi*r*r*h. Simply express h as a function of r (using the equation above), differentiate V with respect to r, equate to zero and solve for r (you might get more than one solution though, check them all).