Posted by guitarman on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 12:22pm.
According to the center of Science in the Public Interest, the maximum healthy weight for a person who is 5 feet, 5 inches is 150 pounds and the maximum healthy weight for a person 6 feet, 3 inches tall is 200 pounds. The relationship between weight and height is linear.
When I saw the word LINEAR, I immediately thought about y = mx + b.
Find an equation that gives the maximum healthy weight y for a person whose height is x inches over 4 feet, 10 inches.
HINTS GIVEN IN MATH BOOK:
x = 0 represents a person 4 feet, 10 inches
x = 2 represents a person 5 feet tall, etc.
The correct equation is y = 5x + 115. I was able to find the slope 5 and got as far as y = 5x. My question is: where did 115 come from?
I look forward to your insight and guidance.
Thanks

math  Reiny, Monday, March 29, 2010 at 1:01pm
5 ft, 5 inches = 5.4166667 feet
6 ft, 3 inches = 6.25 feet
so I look at the given data as 2 ordered pairs,
(5.4166667 , 150) and (6.25 , 200)
slope = (200150)/(6.255.4166667) = 60
so y = 60x + b
using the point (6.25,200)
so a person 4 ft 10 inches tall or 4.8333333 ft should weigh
y = 4.8333333(60)  175 = 115 lbs
I really do not understand their hint.
200 = 60(6.25) + b
b = 175
so my equation is
y = 60x  175 , where x is feet and y is lbs.
checking the other point
if x = 5.4166667
y = 60(5.4166667)  175 = 150
my equation works for both data values.

math  guitarman, Monday, March 29, 2010 at 1:19pm
Thank you. I also played with this question some more and learned that
y = 5x  175 works just the same. You said the slope is 60 but 60 inches divided by 12 inches = 5 feet. I decided to use 5 for the slope.
Both equations work very well.
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