posted by nancy
A small truck is to be driven 300 miles on a freeway at a constant speed of x miles per hour. Speed laws on the freeway require that a truck must be driven between 30 miles per hour and 70 miles per hour. assume that fuel cost $3.50 per gallon. in addition, assume that for a given speed of x miles per hour, fuel is consumed at the rate of 1+(x^2/600) gallons per hour. If the salary of the driver is based on $20 per hour, how to find the most economical speed of the total cost of the trip? plz help!
Write the cost function:
C=20t + 3.50(1+(x^2/600)) gives cost as a function of time and speed. But distance, is related to speed x and time, so time= distance/speed or
Cost= 20 *300/x + 3.50(1+(x^2/600)) so now cost is a function of speed.
minimize cost as a function of speed (set first derivative equal to zero).
check my math.
i don't know ask the driver