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Derivative word problems are usually problems in maximizing or minimizing some function of x by taking the derivative, and setting it to zero to find the maximum or minimum of the function.

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Minimum perimeter of an isosceles triangle — given an isosceles triangle with area 1, what is the length of the base that minimizes the perimeter?  We find the answer by expressing the perimeter, P, in terms of the base, b, and then finding the derivative of P with respect to b.

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Word Problems — a look at word problems of various types.

 

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