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A cylindrical container, like the tin
cans used to package some food, can be made by using two circles
for the ends and a rectangle which wraps round to form the
To make cylinders of varying sizes, the three pieces can be cut
from a single rectangle of flat sheet in several ways. For
Your task is to cut out one
rectangle and two circles from a single sheet of A4 paper to make a
cylinder with the greatest possible volume.
What are its dimensions?
(We will assume that the dimensions of an A4 sheet of paper are
$21$cm and $29.6$ cm)
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