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Aki's Bicycle Design has determined that when x hundred bicycles are built, the average cost per bicycle =0.9x^2-1.7x+10.861, when C(x) is in hundreds of dollars. How many bicycles should the shop build to minimize the average cost per bicycle?

C(x)=0.9x^2-1.7x+10.861 =
C(x)=0.9(x^2-1.889x)+10.861=

My question is how do they come up with the 1.889 in the equation?

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1. They are using the method of "completing the square" and may be trying to get a perfect square inside the parentheses.
-0.9 x 1.88888... and -1.7 are the same thing. They rounded off the the 1.88888.. to 1.889.

With a complete square inside parentheses, C(x) becomes
0.9(x^2 - 1.889x + 0.8920) + 10.861 - 0.8028
= 0.9(x- 0.9445)^2 + 10.058

You get minimum average cost when x = .9445

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