# algebra

Fiber-optic cables are used widely for internet wiring, data transmission, and surgeries. When light passes through a fiber-optic cable, its intensity decreases with the increase in the length of the cable. If 1500 lumens of light enters the cable, the intensity of light decreases by 3.4% per meter of the cable.

Part A: Can this situation be represented by a linear function? Justify your answer. (2 points)

Part B: Write a function f(x) to represent the intensity of light, in lumens, when it has passed through x meters of the cable. (4 points)

Part C: Some scientists are trying to make a cable for which the intensity of light would decrease by 5 lumens per unit length of the cable. Can this situation be represented by a linear function? Justify your answer and write the appropriate function to represent this situation if 1500 lumens of light enter the cable.

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1. A. No - the decrease in intensity is not a constant, but depends on the previous intensity.

The intensity I of x meters of cable is

I = 1500 * 0.964^x

C yes
you can probably write that one on your own.

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