You have 4 feet of wire to create a square and a circle. How much wire should you spend on each shape to minimize the area.
Also, why isn't the minimum area when you use all of the wire on the square, considering the square is less efficient than a circle in enclosing area? In other words, why is it better to spend all of the wire to make a square? Why wouldn't it always be better to make a circle to help improve efficiency. Another way to ask my question, why is the relationship between the two variables parabolic and not linear?
Thank you so much for anyone who can answer this. I've been stumped for a while.