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Cut Wire (Posted on 2005-05-20) Difficulty: 3 of 5
A piece of wire is to be cut into two pieces (one bent into the shape of a regular p-gon and the other a regular q-gon).

If

1) p = 2*q,
2) 2*perimeter(q-gon) = 3*perimeter(p-gon), and
3) the sum of the two areas is minimized;

then what is the value of q?

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Questionre-interpretationLarry2005-05-21 19:10:30
SolutionAgreeOld Original Oskar!2005-05-21 01:03:58
intuitionLarry2005-05-20 22:31:26
Hints/TipsJer & CharlieBractals2005-05-20 21:01:59
SolutionsolutionCharlie2005-05-20 19:15:03
Calculus?Jer2005-05-20 19:07:25
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