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An outpatient clinic has kept a record of walk-in patients during the past year. The table below shows the expected number of walk-ins by day of the week:

The clinic has a staff of five physicians, and each can examine 15 patients a day on average.
a. What is the maximum number of appointments that should be scheduled for
each day if it is desirable to smooth out the demand for the week?
b. Why would you recommend against scheduling appointments at their maxi¬
mum level?
c. If most walk-ins arrive in the morning, when should the appointments be made
to avoid excessive waiting?

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