Posted by **rr** on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:33pm.

Suppose a market research company finds that at a price of p=$25,they would sell x=56 tiles each month. If they lower the price to p=$20, then more people would purchase the tile, and they can expect to sell x=66 tiles in a month's time. Find the equation of the line for the demand equation. Writ answer in the form p=mx+b

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**Jai**, Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:16pm
for this problem, we will substitute the given to the equation p = mx + b, and then we solve simultaneously (two equations, two unknowns):

25 = 56m + b

20 = 66m + b

to solve this, we can multiply one equation by -1 so that if we add the equations, the b will be cancelled:

-25 = -56m - b

20 = 66m + b

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-5 = 10m

m = -1/2

to get be, we substitute this m to either equations. In this case, let's just substitute to the first equation:

25 = 56m + b

25 = 56(-1/2) + b

25 = -28 + b

b = 53

therefore, the equation is

p = (-1/2)x + 53

hope this helps~ :)

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