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    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobsanchez View Post
    "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.
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    Thanks for your help! So to confirm that I got it, m = 13, correct?
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    Yes.
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