A rancher wants to fence in an area of 2000000 square feet in a rectangular field and then divide it in half with a fence down the middle parallel to one side. What is the shortest length of fence that the rancher can use?

I used the same target equation and the same constraint about the area and I obtained a minor length and the same area.

I do not think this is really a question for elementary algebra if you want it solved exactly. Trust me I am doing this "de bona fide" because is the way of getting the exact answer to this problem, one can make adjustments but will never get the exact
minimum.

Objective Cell (Min)

Cell Name Original Value Final Value

$E$3 3x+2y = 5 6928.22

Variable Cells

Cell Name Original Value Final Value Integer

$E$4 x 1 1154.70

$E$5 y 1 1732.06

The area is 2000000, the dimensions are 3 sides of 1154.70 and two sides of 1732.06 and the total length of fence will be 6928.22 feet.

Constraints

Cell Name Cell Value Formula Status Slack

$E$6 xy 2000000 $E$6=2000000 Binding 0

Constraints

Cell Name Cell Value Formula Status Slack

$E$6 xy 2000000 $E$6=2000000 Binding 0

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