# Maxima & Minima - Sibanand Pattnaik - Part 2

• Q1) Would the expression 18x – 3x^2 + 8 have a maxima or a minima?
For what value of x would the maxima or minima occur?
What is the maxima or minima value?

Since a, the coefficient of x2 is negative, the expression would have a maxima value.
The maxima value would occur when x = -b/2a = - 18/2 * -3 = 3
To find the maxima value, substituting x = 3 in the expression we get 18 × 3– 3 × 3^2 + 8 = 54 – 27 + 8 = 35.

Q2) Let p and q be the roots of the quadratic equation x^2 − (α − 2)x − α − 1 = 0. What is the minimum possible value of p^2 + q^2?

(a - 2)^2 + 2a + 2
= a^2 + 4 - 4a + 2a + 2
= a^2 - 2a + 6
= (a - 1)^2 + 5

Q3) A quadratic function f(x) attains a maximum of 3 at x = 1. The value of the function at x = 0 is 1. What is the value of f(x) at x = 10?

Maximum or Minimum Value of a Quadratic Function
Let f be a quadratic function with standard form f (x) = a( x − ℎ )^2 + k.
The maximum or minimum value of f occurs at x = ℎ.
If a < 0, then the maximum value of f is f (ℎ) = k.
So f (x) = a( x − 1 )^2 + 3.
Now f(0) = 1
So a = -2
So the expression is -2(x-1)^2 + 3
at x=10 -> - 2 * 9^2 + 3 = -159

Q4) Davji shop sells samosas in boxes of different sizes. The samosas are priced at Rs. 2 per piece up to 200 samosas. For every additional 20 samosas, the price of the whole lot goes down by 10 paisa per samosa. What should be the maximum size of the box that would maximize the revenue?

let x batches of extra 20 samosas be there so
size of box is (200+20x)
price per box is (2-0.1x)
revenue = (200+20x)(2-0.1x) (we need to maximize this)
Now do not simplify it
We know that maximum value exists at x = -b/2a = sum of roots/2
So here sum of roots = -10 + 20 =10
So revenue will be maximum when x = 10/2 = 5
So maximum size of box is 200 + 10 * 5 = 300

Q5) Mr. David manufactures and sells a single product at a fixed price in a niche market. The selling price of each unit is Rs. 30. On the other hand, the cost, in rupees, of producing x units is 240 + bx + cx^2, where b and c are some constants. Mr. David noticed that doubling the daily production from 20 to 40 units increases the daily production cost by 66.66%. However, an increase in daily production from 40 to 60 units results in an increase of only 50% in the daily production cost. Assume that demand is unlimited and that Mr. David can sell as much as he can produce. His objective is to maximize the profit.
How many units should Mr. David produce daily?
What is the maximum daily profit, in rupees, that Mr. David can realize from his business?

1600c + 40b + 240 = 5/3 ( 400c + 20b + 240)
4800c + 120b + 720 = 2000c + 100b + 1200
2800c + 20b = 480
so 140c + b = 24 -(1)
and 3600c + 60b + 240 = 3/2 (1600c + 40b + 240)
7200c + 120b + 480 = 4800c + 120b + 720
2400c = 240 so c=1/10 so b=24 - 140 * 1/10 = 10

so func is x^2/10 + 10x + 240
profit = 30x - x^2/10 - 10x + 240 = -x^2/10 + 20x + 240
so max at x = 100
so 100 for 1st part.
profit= -1000 + 2000 + 240 = 760

Q6) Find the maximum and/or minimum value of (x^2 - x + 1)/(x^2 + x + 1) for real values of x.

Standard way to solve this is
Let (x^2-x+1)/(x^2+x+1) = k
⇒ x^2 − x +1= kx^2 + kx + k
⇒ (1− k ) x^2 − (1+ k ) x + (1− k ) = 0
Now for x to be real, the determinant has to be greater than or equal to zero…
(1+ k )^2 − 4 (1− k)( 1− k) ≥ 0
⇒ (1+ 2k + k^2 ) − 4(1− 2k + k^2 ) ≥ 0
⇒ −3k^ 2 +10k − 3 ≥ 0
⇒ 3k2 −10k + 3 ≤ 0
⇒ 3 ×(k − 3) × ( k -1/3) ≤ 0
⇒ 1/3 ≤ k ≤ 3
So max value is 3 & minimum value is 1/3

Q7) Find the maximum value of 1/(x^2 − 2x + 4)

Same procedure as Q6. Answer would be 1/3

Q8) How many integral values from 1 to 15 can the expression (x^2 + 34x -71)/(x^2 + 2x - 7) not take?

(x^2 + 34x - 71)/(x^2 + 2x - 7) = k
(1-k)x^2 + (34 - 2k)x - 71 + 7k = 0
b^2 - 4ac > = 0 for real values therefore
(34-2k)^2 - 4 * (1 - k)(-71 + 7k) > = 0
k^2 - 14k + 45 > = 0
that is K < = 5 and K > = 9 therefore k cannot take 3 values i.e 6,7,8

Q9) If x + y + z = 5 ; xy + yz +zx = 3 then find the maximum & minimum value of x where x, y and z are real numbers.

z = 5 - (x + y)
xy + yz + zx = xy + 5(x + y) - (x + y)^2 = 3
x^2 + x(y - 5) + (y^2 - 5y + 3) = 0
D ≥ 0
3y^2 - 10y - 13 ≤ 0
-1 ≤ y ≤ 13/3

else x + y + z = 5
ie x= 5 - (y + z)
also -> x(y + z) + yz = 3
x(5 - x) + yz =3
yz < = (y+z)^2/4 ( Am > Gm)
ie yz < = (5-x)^2 /4
so -> x(5-x) + (5-x)^2/4 < = 3
(5-x)(4x+5-x) < = 12
(5-x)(5+3x) < = 12
-3x^2 + 10x + 25 < = 12
ie -3x^2 + 10x + 13 < = 0
(-1 , 13/3)

Q10) The cost of fuel for running the engine of an army tank is proportional to the square of the speed and Rs. 64/ hour for a speed of 16 kmph. Other costs amount to Rs. 400/hour. the tank has to make a journey of 400 km at a constant speed.[JMET 2006]
The most economial speed for this Journey is
Find the cost at this most economical speed

Cost of fuel is proportional to square of the speed.
E = KS^2
⇒ 64 = K(16)^2
∴ K = 1/4
Total cost = 1/4S^2* t + 400t
But t = 400/s

So total cost = 1/4S^2 * 400/s + 400 * 400/s
== 100s + 160000/s
Now at Most economical speed, the cost is minimum
We know that sum of two no. is minimum if it product constant
Here product = 100s * 160000/s =16000000
So each term must be equal to 4000
So 100s = 4000
⇒ S = 40
⇒ Cost = 4000+4000 = 8000

Q11) solve {(x-2)^100 * (x+1)^253 * (x-1/2)^971 * (x+8)^4} / x^500 * (x-3)^75 * (x+2) > 0

Q12) If x and y are real numbers, then the minimum value of x^2 + 4xy + 6y^2 – 4y + 4 is [XAT 2010]

x^2 + 4xy + 6y^2 – 4y + 4
= x^2 + 4xy + 4y^2 + 2y^2 – 4y + 4
= (x + 2y)^2 + 2(y^2 – 2y + 1 + 1)
= (x + 2y)^2 + 2(y – 1)^2 + 2
This expression will take the minimum value when both the square terms are zero
∴ (y – 1)^2 = 0
∴ y = 1
and
(x + 2y)^2 = 0
∴ x = –2
∴ The minimum value of this expression is 2

Practice Questions

Q13) A despatch rider is in open country at a distance of 6 kms from the nearest point P of a straight road..He wishes to proceed as quickly as possible to a point Q on the road 20kms from P..if his maximum speed across the country is 40 km/hr,then at what distance from P,he should strike the road?

Q14) John has x children by his first wife..Mary has x + 1 children by her first husband. They marry and have children of their own. The whole family has 24 children. Assuming the two children of same parents do not fight,the find the maximum possible number of fights that can take place ?

Q15) The circle x^2 + y^2 = 1 cuts the x axis at P and Q. Another circle with centre at Q and variable radius intersects the first circle at R above the x axis and line segment PQ at S. Find the maximum area of the triangle QSR?

Looks like your connection to MBAtious was lost, please wait while we try to reconnect.