# Question:Max/Min Problems in Maple 17

October 27 2013
Maple

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Hello All,

I have had a few questions that have come up while working on a Maple Assignment for my Calculus III class. I was wondering if anybody could help me with these questions, as well as show me how to enter them in Maple. Here are the questions I have been struggling with.

1. In the xy-plane, graph the ellipse ((x-4)^2)/(4))+(y-4)^2=1 and two level curves of F(x,y)=x^3+y^3-3xy that just touch the ellipse.

a. What do we know about the gradients of F and the ellipse at those points?

b. Use your graph to approximate the minimum and maximum values of F subject to the constraint ((x-4)^2)/(4))+  (y-4)^2=1.

2. A company manufactures a product using inputs x,y,z according to the production function Q(x,y,z)=20x^(1/2)y^(1/4)z^(2/5). The prices per unit are \$7 for x, \$12 for y, and \$18 for z.

a. Create the cost function

b. The company wants to produce 2500 products. Estimate the minimum cost by using the graph of the level surfaces of the cost function (from part a) together with the production constraint.