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  2. Ring's new three-chamber detention chamber was so successful that his friend John Lemon got jealous. Not to be outdone, John decided to make his chamber in the shape of an isosceles triangle. His chamber will still have 40 square meters of area. What dimensions should the chamber have so that Mr. Lemon can buy the least amount of barbed wire? Homework Help ✎

Solve for b or h.

Dissect the isosceles triangle into two right triangles, label its dimensions in terms of b or h. Then use the the Pythagorean Theorem to solve for the hypotenuse.

Write a perimeter function. Then use Calculus to optimize it.