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These are the Transum resources related to the statement: "Optimisation problems in context".

Here are some specific activities, investigations or visual aids we have picked out. Click anywhere in the grey area to access the resource.

- Differentiation Practise the technique of differentiating polynomials with this self marking exercise.
- Differentiation Video A reminder of how to differentiate different types of functions and how to find the equations of tangents and normals.

Here are some exam-style questions on this statement:

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*A child's play tent is made in the shape of half a cylinder. It is constructed from a fibreglass frame with material pulled tightly around it. The fibreglass frame consists of a rectangular base, two semi-circular ends and two further support rods, as shown in the following diagram.*" ... more - "
*A package is in the shape of a cuboid and has a length \(l\) cm, width \(w\) cm and height of 12 cm.*" ... more

Here are some Advanced Starters on this statement:

**Fence Optimisation**

Find the length of a rectangle enclosing the largest possible area. more**Maximum Product**

Two numbers add up to 10. What's the largest possible product they could have? more**Road Connections**

Design roads to connect four houses that are on the corners of a square, side of length one mile, to minimise the total length of the roads. more

Click on a topic below for suggested lesson Starters, resources and activities from Transum.

This optimisation video is from Revision Village and is aimed at students taking the IB Maths Standard level course.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

"My favourite optimisation problem is the farmer's dilemma. It's one of the Advanced Starters and can be found here

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