Applied Optimization Problems

Applied Optimization Problems
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Several example problems of applied optimization.
  • Where can I find some examples of applied optimization problems?
  • How do you maximize the area of a rectangle bounded by a parabola in the first quadrant?
  • What is an objective function?
  • What is a constraint?
  • How do you find the point on a graph that is closest to the origin?
  • How do you minimize the surface area of a box?
  • How do you minimize the surface area of a can (or right circular cylinder)?
  • How can you find the dimensions of a cone with minimum volume that can contain a sphere with radius R?
This video is a collection of five good applied optimization problems. These problems use ideas and methods we have learned, but they are applied to new situations and word problems. These problems take some really in-depth reasoning, and they are quite difficult and involved. However, they are also very useful and potentially have real-world implications, such as minimizing the construction material for a box or aquarium, minimizing the construction material for a can, and minimizing the volume of a cone.
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