A Parabola Modelling Fuel Consumption

** A car consumes gas according to the equation f(v) = (v − 10)2 + 9900 where v is its speed in km/hr and f(v) is the fuel consumption rate in ml/hr. Find the speed that gives best fuel economy, i.e., the best distance-to-fuel ratio. Hint: The idea is to minimize fuel per unit distance, not per unit time.**

Hey, I was just wondering how I would solve this problem without using Calculus. I approached it by graphing the f(v) and determining the minimum via the vertex form f(x) = (x-a)^2 + h. Are there any other methods?

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**Manni** ** A car consumes gas according to the equation f(v) = (v − 10)2 + 9900 where v is its speed in km/hr and f(v) is the fuel consumption rate in ml/hr. Find the speed that gives best fuel economy, i.e., the best distance-to-fuel ratio. Hint: The idea is to minimize fuel per unit distance, not per unit time.**

Hey, I was just wondering how I would solve this problem without using Calculus. I approached it by graphing the f(v) and determining the minimum via the vertex form f(x) = (x-a)^2 + h. Are there any other methods?

Since $\displaystyle (v-10)^2$ is non-negative the minimum fuel consumption occurs when $\displaystyle (v-10)=0$

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