muckyMuckMan

07-06-2002, 05:40 PM

Hi, I was just reviewing some calc problems and came across this one. Can anyone help me understand how this problem is to be solved? (Hints, tips, or whatever)

Minimum Length:

Two factories are located at the coordinates (-x, 0) and (x, 0) with their power supply located at the point (0, h). Find y such that the total amount of power line from the power supply to the factories is a minimum.

Here's a picture:

http://home.earthlink.net/~funbox/math/opprob.gif

Minimum Length:

Two factories are located at the coordinates (-x, 0) and (x, 0) with their power supply located at the point (0, h). Find y such that the total amount of power line from the power supply to the factories is a minimum.

Here's a picture:

http://home.earthlink.net/~funbox/math/opprob.gif