Posted by mary on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10:46pm.
making linear equation from word problem
An airspeed indicator on aircraft is affected by changes in atmospheric pressure at different altitudes. A pilot can estimate the true airspeed by observing the indicated airspeed and adding it about 2% for every 1,000 feet of altitude.
(a) If pilot maintains a constant reading of 200 miles per hour on the airspeed indicator as the aircraft climbs from sea level to an altitude of 10, 000 feat, write linear equation that expresses true airspeed T (miles per hour) in terms of altitude A (thousands of feet)
(b) what would be the true airspeed of the aircraft at 6,500 feet?

algebra  keith, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 12:29am
(1)
T in terms of A is alike to Y in terms of X for linear graphs, so set it up the same way.
T = (something)A + constant
The constant reading is 200 miles per hour so that is your constant.
T = (something)A + 200
The true airspeed is increasing by 2% or .02 of the indicated reading (constant) for every 1000ft (A). This means you must multiply the percent (.02) by the constant to get the increase per 1000ft (A). [multiply 'A' by this constant for every 1000ft]
T = 200*(.02)*A + 200
Reduced: T = 4*A + 200(mph)
(2)to find the true airspeed at 6500ft simply divide it by 1000 then plug it into the equation.
T = 4*(6.5) + 200
T = 226(mph)

algebra  mary, Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 9:08pm
Thank you so much
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