Copyright © University of Cambridge. All rights reserved.

## 'Max Box' printed from http://nrich.maths.org/

Three rods of lengths $p$, $q$ and $r$ with $p< q< r$ are
arranged to form three sides $AB$, $BC$ and $CD$ of an enclosure
$ABCD$ with right angles at $B$ and $C$. The diagram shows one
possibility but the rods can be exchanged to make different
enclosures. The enclosure is completed by joining $A$ and $D$. How
should the rods be arranged to make the area of the enclosure as
big as possible?