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A square plot of land feet on each side is shown in the diagram at right. A pipe is to be laid in a straight line from point to a point on side , and from there to point . (Point cannot be point or point .) The cost of laying the pipe is per foot if the pipe goes through the lot from point to point (since it must be laid underground) and per foot if it is laid along one of the sides of the lot. What is the most economical way to lay the pipe?

Square, A B C D, with point, P, on side, B C, about 1 fourth of the way from B to C, bold segments from, A to P, & from P to C.

Let .
Now write expressions for and .

The function for the cost is .

Once you have written the cost function in terms of , differentiate and determine the value of that yields a miniumum.

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