In this unit, we explore tasks that require the calculation of maximum and minimum values. Our tasks take the form of story problems that require us to optimize a measurement / quantity related to a particular object. In other words, the tasks require us to determine the situation in which something is as large as possible (such as profit, volume of a container, etc.) or as small as possible (cost, amount of material needed, time of travel, etc.). Such problems have a variety of real-world applications in diverse areas such as finance, engineering, and economics.