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Word probl

  1. Apr 22, 2004 #1
    Darrell is making arrangements to pick up a client at the airport. Airport taxi charges $6.00, plus $0.50 per kilometre. Airport limo charges a flat rate of $40 for its limousine service.
    a)Write a system of equations that describes the cost of the taxi and limoousine.
    b)solve the system you wrote in a
    c) Explain what the solution to the sytem represents.
    d) Darrell is trying to decide whether the taxi or the limo is cheaper. What advice would you give Darrell?
     
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  3. Apr 23, 2004 #2

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    Shouldn't this be in the homework section? (And shouldn't you show us what you have already done?)

    The equation for the limousine is easy! Letting L be the cost of the limosine and x the distance driven: L= 40, of course.
    The equation for the taxi is almost as easy: Letting T be the cost of the taxi and x the distance driven: T= 6+ 0.50x.

    b) I have no idea what you mean by "solve the system you wrote in a". In the first place, it's not really a system- it's two separate equations. In the second, what do you want to solve for?

    c) Uh, yeah, that's what I'd like you to do!

    d) Okay, I suspect that the problem wants you to set L= T in the two equations and solve for x: the distance at which the two costs are the same. Below that distance, the taxi is cheaper, beyond, the limousine is cheaper.
     
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