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Building a Garden Fence

Published on 06/09/2008
Updated on 04/11/2014

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will use basic concepts of perimeter and area to investigate a classic problem situation requiring maximization. They must decide how to build a garden fence to enclose the largest possible area.

Key Steps

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    Students will find the possible lengths and enter the expression to find the area.

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    Then, students will find which pair shows the maximum area and use the scatter plot to display the relationship between two sets of paired data (width and area).