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There are **11** NRICH Mathematical resources connected to **Optimisation**, you may find related items under Decision mathematics and combinatorics.

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### Cuboid Challenge

What's the largest volume of box you can make from a square of paper?

Age 11 to 16

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### Gutter

Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?

Age 14 to 16

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### Fence It

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Age 11 to 14

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### Sending a Parcel

What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?

Age 11 to 14

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### The Fastest Cyclist

Andy is desperate to reach John o'Groats first. Can you devise a winning race plan?

Age 14 to 16

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### Crossing the Bridge

Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?

Age 11 to 18

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### Classic Cube

The net of a cube is to be cut from a sheet of card 100 cm square. What is the maximum volume cube that can be made from a single piece of card?

Age 16 to 18

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### Bend

What is the longest stick that can be carried horizontally along a narrow corridor and around a right-angled bend?

Age 16 to 18

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### Maximum Flow

Given the graph of a supply network and the maximum capacity for flow in each section find the maximum flow across the network.

Age 16 to 18

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### Cube Net

How many tours visit each vertex of a cube once and only once? How many return to the starting point?

Age 16 to 18

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### Wrapping Gifts

A box of size a cm by b cm by c cm is to be wrapped with a square piece of wrapping paper. Without cutting the paper what is the smallest square this can be?

Age 16 to 18

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