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5-14.

A rectangular piece of sheet metal with a perimeter of $50$ cm is rolled into a cylinder with two open ends.

1. Find the radius and height of the cylinder in terms of $x$.

Look at the diagram of the cylinder. The circumference of the base is equivalent to $x$.

$P = 2b + 2h$
$25 = 2x+2h$
Solve for $h$.

2. Express the volume of the cylinder as a function of $x$.

$V = π(r^²)(h)$. Substitute.

3. Find the value of $x$ that will maximize the volume and find the maximum value.

The volume will be at a maximum when its derivative is $0$.