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Posted by on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 12:24am.

I need help to start this problem please,

A company can sell 4500 pairs of sunglases monthly when the price is $5. When the price of a pair of sunglasses is increased by 10%, the demand drops to 4250 pairs a month. Assume that the demand equation is linear.
Find the demand equation

  • Calculus - , Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 8:05am

    Assume the demand equation is linear.

    We have two known points:

    P1(5,4500), and P2(5.50,4250)

    To fit a straight line between two known points, we can apply the two-point form of line, namely,
    (x-x1)/(x2-x1)=(y-y1)/(y2-y1)

    The equation seems long, but its symmetry makes it very easy to memorize.

    Substitute x1=5,y1=4500,x2=5.5,y2=4250, we get
    (x-5)/(5.50-5)=(y-4500)/(4250-4500)
    -250(x-5)=0.5(y-4500)
    y=-500x+7000

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