Posted by ann on .
could you please show me how to do this problem?
ballfield costs 14,850,00 to build. the cost per city resident to build it will be based on last census. New census shows population increased by 2200 people, which reduced the cost per resident $75. what is the current population of the city?? thank you

algebra 
Reiny,
The way you grouped the cost by thousands, I think you left out a zero
is it 14 850 000 ?
let currect population be x
last year's population is x  2200
currect cost per person = 14850000/x
last year's cost per person = 14850000/(x2200)
14850000/(x2200)  14850000/x = 75
14850000x  14850000(x2) = 75x(x2200)
75x^2  165000x  14850000(2200) = 0
x^2  2200x = 435 600 000
x^2  2200x + 1210000 = 435 600 000 + 1 210 000
(x  1100)^2 = 436 810 000
x  1100 = 20900
x = 22 000
check:
current pop: = 22000
cost per person = 14850000/22000 = 675
last years' pop = 19800
cost per person = 14850000/19800 = 750
change = 750675 = 75 , YEAHH! 
algebra 
ann,
yes you were right about the zero. Thank you so much for showing me how to do it. ann