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Linear Programming - Example 1

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Linear Programming with GeoGebra - Example 1

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Problem*: We need to put file cabinets in our office. File cabinet A costs 10 Euros, has a footprint of 0.6m2, and a storage capacity of 0.4m3. File cabinet B costs 20 Euros, has a footprint of 0.8m2, and a capacity of 0.6m3. We can spend a maximum of 140 Euros and we have a maximum floor space of 7.2 m2. How many cabinets of type A and type B should we purchase to maximize our storage capacity?



The Problem asks how many cabinets A and B so we let these be our variables:

  • Let x=number of cabinets of type A and let y=number of cabinets of type B.
  • This is a real problem so our 1st and 2nd constraints are:  x ≥0 and y ≥0.
  • Price gives our 3rd constraint: 10x+20y ≤ 140  and
  • Floor space (footprint) gives the 4th constraint: 0.6x+0.8y ≤ 7.2
  • Finally, our objective function which we need to maximize is volume:  V=0.4x+0.6y.

Let's solve this problem using GeoGebra!  Watch the mathcast, study the interactivity below and then do it yourself.

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InterActivity with GeoGebra


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*Problem adapted from: http://www.purplemath.com/modules/linprog3.htm 

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