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This is application question.
Bacterial Control. If t days after treatment the bacteria count per cubic centimeter in a body of water is given by C(t) = 10t^2 - 120x + 800
0 <= t <= 9
Thn in how many days will the jcount be a minimum?

I got this result:

20(t^2 - 6 + 40)
20(t - 5)(t - 8)
t - 5 = 0 t - 8 = 0
t = 5 t = 8
f(5) = 700
f(8) = 1120
f(0) = 800
f(9) = 1340

20(3)^2-120(3)+800
500-600+800 = 700

20(8)^2-120(8)+800
1280-960+800 = 1120

20(0)^2-120(0)+800 = 800

20(9)^2-120(9)+800 =1340

minimum = 700

but this is incorrect. What am I doing wrong and how do I solve it?

  • Pre-Calculus - ,

    First off, t^2 - 6t + 40 does not factor into (t-5)(t-8) That would be t^2 - 13t + 40.

    A parabola ax^2 + bx + c reaches its minimum where x = -b/2a = 120/20 = 6

    C(6) = 10*36 - 120*6 + 800 = 440

  • Pre-Calculus - ,

    Thank you Steve. But i'm still a little confused. The answer in my answer list shows minimum as 620 at t=3.?

  • Pre-Calculus - ,

    In that case, I'm also confused. If

    C(t) = 10t^2 - 120x + 800

    C(3) = 10*9 - 120*3 + 800
    = 90 - 360 + 800
    = 530

    Is the function correct?

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