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# Polynomials in the Real World

A short illustration of how polynomials can be used in the real world; Box images from Dawn Adams
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Published in: Education      Business      Technology

#### Transcripts - Polynomials in the Real World

• 1. C PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE POLYNOMIALS IN THE REAL WORLDReally 
• 2. • One of the most widely-used applications of polynomials is what we refer to as optimization. • Optimization means that we find the maximum or the minimum in a given situation. • Sometimes we want to find the maximum---for example, if we are talking about profits. • Sometimes we want to find the minimum---for example, if we are talking about costs.
• 3. A Specific Example • MeadWestVaco is a packaging company that creates boxes for products that range from toothpaste to washable markers. • They are hired by companies to design the most cost-efficient packaging possible for a particular product. To do this, they create a polynomial to model the dimensions of the material they want to use. • Then they OPTIMIZE the polynomial to produce the package with the most amount of space while using the least amount of material.
• 4. C HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF A PROBLEM THEY MIGHT SOLVE.
• 5. C THERE REALLY ARE PEOPLE WHO GET PAID TO DO THIS EVERY DAY!!! 
• 6. For more information about MeadWestVaco and what they do: • Visit www.meadwestvaco.com • Google “MeadWestVaco” • Google “packaging mathematics”