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A baseball team plays in a stadium that holds 53,000 spectators. With ticket prices at $10, the average attendance had been 49,000. When ticket prices were lowered to $8, the average attendance rose to 51,000.
(a) Find the demand function (price p as a function of attendance x), assuming it to be linear.
P(x)=_____

How should ticket prices be set to maximize revenue? (Round your answer to the nearest cent.)
$_________________

  • Calculus -

    k is for thousands
    (49 k, 10) and (51 k, 8)
    slope = (8-10)/(51 k - 49 k) = -1/1k

    p = -(1/k)x+ b
    10 = -(1/k)49 k + b
    59 = b
    so
    p = -(1/k)x + 59 or p = -x/1000 + 59

    r = x p
    r = -x^2/1000 + 59 x
    x^2 -59000 x = 1000 r
    x^2 - 59000 x + 29,500^2 = 1000 r + 29,500^2
    (x-29,500)^2 = 1000(r + 870,250)
    so max r at x = 29,500 people and revenue of 870,250
    then price = 870,250/29,500 = $29.50
    then p =

  • Calculus -

    By the way there is no need to use calculus for these since you can complete the square to find the vertex of a parabola with algebra 2.

  • Calculus -

    Oh okay, thank you!

  • Calculus - sign error (does not matter) -

    r = x p
    r = -x^2/1000 + 59 x
    x^2 -59000 x = -1000 r
    x^2 - 59000 x + 29,500^2 = -1000 r + 29,500^2
    (x-29,500)^2 = 1000(r - 870,250)
    so max r at x = 29,500 people and revenue of 870,250
    then price = 870,250/29,500 = $29.50

  • Calculus -

    i feel like you solved for when the stadium holds 59000 not 53000 like in his question hahaha WHICH IS PERFECT BECAUSE MY PROBLEM IS WITH 59000! yay :)

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