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Rectangles: Maximizing Area

Directions: What is the greatest area you can make with a rectangle that has a perimeter of 24 units?



What are the possible dimensions of a rectangle that has a perimeter of 24 units?  How can we determine their area?



The rectangle with a perimeter of 24 units and the greatest area is a square with side length of 6 units.  That square has an area of 36 square units.

Source: Robert Kaplinsky

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