# Slope problem

• Jun 18th 2010, 12:25 PM
bobsanchez
Slope problem
"The manager of a factory finds that it costs \$2200 to produce 100 chairs in one day, and \$4800 to produce 300 chairs in one day. Find the slope of the cost function."

Can someone please explain to me how to do this one? I tried to put it into slope-intercept form, but couldn't do it. And my textbook doesn't have an example or even talk about how to do these. I assume I'm missing something massively obvious? Any help is appreciated!
• Jun 18th 2010, 12:41 PM
HallsofIvy
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Originally Posted by bobsanchez
"The manager of a factory finds that it costs \$2200 to produce 100 chairs in one day, and \$4800 to produce 300 chairs in one day. Find the slope of the cost function."

Can someone please explain to me how to do this one? I tried to put it into slope-intercept form, but couldn't do it. And my textbook doesn't have an example or even talk about how to do these. I assume I'm missing something massively obvious? Any help is appreciated!

If, by "put it into slope-intercept form", you mean write the equation as y= mx+ b, you need to know the slope to use that! Of course, one way to answer this is to treat y= mx+ b as an equation in the two unknown values m and b. To solve for two unknowns, you need two equations- and you have those by using the two sets of values given.

"it costs \$2200 to produce 100 chairs in one day" so, letting x be the number of chairs produced and letting y be the cost, x= 100, y= 2200 and the equation becomes 2200= 100m+ b.

"and \$4800 to produce 300 chairs in one day." Okay, now x= 300 and y= 4800: 4800= 300m+ b.

Solve those two equations for m and b.

In fact, since the question only asks for the slope, m, use that fact that if you subtract one equation from the other, b cancels out.
• Jun 18th 2010, 12:48 PM
bobsanchez
Thanks for your help! So to confirm that I got it, m = 13, correct?
• Jun 19th 2010, 05:04 AM
HallsofIvy
Yes.