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Homework Help: Help with word problem

  1. Oct 14, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A manufacturer produces DVD at $2 per each unit. The selling price is $5 each. 4000 units are soled per month. The manufacturer want to raise the price and estimates that for each $0.50 increases in price, 200 fewer DVDs will be sold each month.
    Relationship between DVD price and number sold is linear. Find P(x), the total profit in terms of x, the number of made and sold.

    2. Relevant equations

    Equation? mx+b

    3. The attempt at a solution

    The slope is -2, I think. And I am given point (3, 4000) the reason is that price per unit 5$ minus manufacturing price is 3.
    Am I doing right?
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  3. Oct 14, 2009 #2


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    Spend a little more time talking out the problem, before jumping into writing equations (and worse yet guessing at them).

    "The profit is the income minus the cost. The cost is the $2 price per unit multiplied by the number of units sold per month. The income is the sell price multiplied by the number of units sold per month. The number of units varies with the sell price."

    Now, write an equation for the cost per month versus the volume. And, write an equation for the volume sold per month versus the sell price. Look at these equations a bit, and see if you see a way to combine them, or write a third equation that starts to tie things together.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2009
  4. Oct 15, 2009 #3
    Thank you so much for your explanation. I fixed my several datas. So:
    we are given point (5, 4000) slope:-2
    -2=(5-p)/(4000-x) solve for p: p=8005-2x
    total revenue: x(8005-2x)=-2x^2-8005x
    profit is -2x^2-8005x-(2)(4000)
    So the profit is -2x^2-8005x-8000
    For your explanation was simple ans easy to understand, I could figure out the answer quickly. Thank you again.
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