Calculus 1142 Quiz
1. (16 points) According to postal regulations, the girth plus length of
parcels sent by
fourth-class mail may not exceed 108 inches. What is the largest possible volume of a
rectangular parcel with two square sides that can be sent by fourth-class mail?
Solution : We have all the quantities described already on the picture.
can be expressed as
We also have the bounds on x. For sure x will be positive x > 0. Since 4x + y
we know that x can be at most 27 (for then we have 4x = 108 and y = 0). Compute
the derivative of V (x):
The only critical points will be the points at which V ′(x) = 0 thus we solve
12x) = 0 and we get that either x = 0 or x = 18. The number x = 0 is not in our
interval (it is actually one of the end-points). We check the values at the critical points
(x = 18) and at the end-points of the interval. Pay attention to the fact that the
end-points are not included in our interval thus we have to take limits. We get
The maximal volume of the parcel is 11664 in2.
2. (4 points) Calculate the following (give exact values!)
(a) (2 points)
Solution : We calculate:
Here we have used the fact that a root is actually a
fractional power, a rule of
dividing powers with same bases (subtraction of exponents), and the rule that
describes the power of a power (multiplying the exponents).
(b) (2 points)
Solution: We calculate: