Okay, in Calculus, we're doing optimization through the use of derivatives, and I mostly am getting it, but this elusive problem is evading my grasp:
So, I have no clue where to start on this problem. Any ideas? I'm sure it's probably something pathetically simple that'll make me kick myself...
Two posts, one 12 feet high and the other 28 feet high, stand 30 feet appart. They are to be statyed by two wires, attached to a single stake, running from ground level to the top of each post. Where should the stake be placed to use the least wire?