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A gas pipeline is to be constructed from a storage tank, which is right on a road, to a house which is 600 feet down the road and 300 feet back from the road. Pipe laid along the road costs $8.00 per foot, while pipe laid off the road costs $10.00 per foot. What is the minimum cost for which this pipline can be built?

i don't get how to get x =200 when i set to 0?

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  1. My diagram:
    A --- storage tank
    B --- point on road, 600 ft down from A
    Q ---- point we want to go to, AB perpendicular to BQ
    P ---- point between A and B where we want to leave the road.
    Let PB = x

    so we have:
    PB = x, AP = 600-x, BQ = 300
    L(ength) of pipeline = AP + PQ = (600-x) + √(x^2 + 300^2)

    cost = 8(600-x) + 10(x^2 + 90000)^(1/2)
    d cost/dx = -8 + 5(2x)(x^2 + 90000)^(-1/2) = 0 for a min of cost

    10x / √(x^2 + 90000) = 8
    5x = 4√(x^2 + 90000)
    square both sides:
    25x^2 = 16x^2 + 360000
    9x^2 = 360000
    x^2 = 40000
    x = 200

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