1. Suppose, a rectangle circumscribes a quadrilateral having length of diagonals p and q, and area A.

What is the maximum area of rectangle that circumscribes the given quadrilateral?

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3. Any other information about the "given" quadrilateral other than diagonal lengths, p and q, and area A?  Reply With Quote

4. If I can see correctly, no more information is needed. Just remember three details:

- Area of a quadrilateral is $\displaystyle A = \tfrac{1}{2}pq\sin \phi$, where $\displaystyle p$ and $\displaystyle q$ are the diagonal lengths and $\displaystyle \phi$ the angle between the diagonals.

- If you write a variable $\displaystyle z$ as $\displaystyle z = a + z - a$, nothing changes, but it might help solving considerably.

- Zeros of the function derivative gives you the critical points inside a closed interval; end points you need to check by substituting.

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