Posted by Ronny on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 2:34pm.
To make pom poms in our school colors, we will have expenses of $100 to rent the Acme PomPom Plant, and then $0.25 per pom pom in materials. We believe that we can sell 500 pom poms if we charge $1.50. Assume the number sold is a linear function of the price. How much should we charge to maximize profit?
I have done this problem many times but I cannot find max profit. I keep fining a max income. I am lost and don't know what to do please help!

Calculus Max Profit  MathMate, Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10:51am
"Assume the number sold is a linear function of the price"
but no information is given on the price elasticity, so we will assume, in general, an increase in price of $1 will increase sales by m units.
Under normal supplydemand curve, m is necessarily negative, of the order of 200 or so.
With that in mind, and knowing that (500,1.50) is a point on the line sales versus price, we construct the sales(y)price(x) relation as:
(y500)=m(x1.50)
therefore, at a price of x, we expect sales of
y=m(x1.5)+500
Total revenue,
R=xy
Total profit
P=xy  cost
=xy  (0.25x+100)
=x(m(x1.5)+500)  (0.25x+100)
To get the maximum profit, we differentiate profit with respect to price, and equate to zero to find the optimum price:
dp/dx = m*x+m*(x1.5)+1999/4 =0
Solve for x:
x=(6*m1999)/(8*m)
If the price elasticity m=100,
x=2599/800=$3.25
if m=200
x=3199/1600=$2
if m=300
x=3799/2400=$1.58
...
etc.
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