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A florida orange grower finds that the average yield/tree is 400 oranges, if no more than 16 trees are planted in each plot. For each additional tree per plot the yield of each tree is decreased by 20 oranges. How many trees should be planted in each plot to maximize yield?

Let t be the number of trees planted.
The number of oranges per tree will be
400 - 20 (t - 16) =

720 - 20t

So the total yield will be

y  = (t)(720-20t)

y = 720t - 20t^2

y' = 720 - 40t

0 = 720 - 40t

40t = 720

4t = 72

t = 18

So planting 18 trees gives maximum yield  


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