Word problem.

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Homework Statement




Given that y is directly proportional to the cube of x and inversly proportional to the square of z, if x decreases by 23.3% and z increases by 45.3%, by what factor does y change?

Homework Equations


Couldn't make a equation but I tried like this:
y=K/x^3+1/z^2


The Attempt at a Solution


I couldn't get the question and where to start adding variables into the equation.
I think the equation is wrong to me though. Someone help?
(am I in the right thread for this question?)
Also my English is sort of weak so please make statement simple as possible. :)
 

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rock.freak667
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If c is proportional to a, and proportional to b, then

c∝a and c∝b ⇒ c∝ab


Try remaking your equation now.
 
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Start with y = Kx3/z2.
 
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Is the answer 21.37%?
 
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umm so I did it as y=Kx3/z2
and so I got the value : y=K12649/2052.09.
So do I replace the "y" with -23.3% and +45.3% then solve for "K"?
 
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Is the answer 21.37%?

umm I think so because the answer they left was in decimals so real answer is 0.214

I don't what they're saying from the question "if x decreases by 23.3% and z increases by 45.3%, by what factor does y change?"
 
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umm I think so because the answer they left was in decimals so real answer is 0.214

I don't what they're saying from the question "if x decreases by 23.3% and z increases by 45.3%, by what factor does y change?"

x decreases BY 23.3% means x=100-23.3=76.6% So you have to sub. x=76.6. But if they had given decreases to 23.3% then x=23.3
z=145.5

substituting this in the equation with k=1 we get x=21.37 in the answer which you have mentioned they have divided it by 100...
 
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hmmm I don't know how to get rid of "k" when I have y=K76.73/145.52
 
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Look at the ratio of the new y value to the old y value. In the ratio, the K's cancel, as do the x's and z's.

BTW, 100-23.3[itex]\neq[/itex]76.6.
 
  • #10
Oops...Sorry Sir....
its 76.7...
 
  • #11
yeah...Mark Sir is correct....

Eqn(1) y=kx3/y2

Eqn(2) y'=k(76.7)3/(145.5)2

Eqn(2)/Eqn(1)=> y'=21.37y
 
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I think I got it. Thanks for help people :D
 

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