# Thread: Word problem: Dealing with functions

1. ## Word problem: Dealing with functions

The circulation of a magazine is currently 100,000, and decreasing. They have hired a consulting firm who have come up with a brilliant plan to turn the magazine's fortunes around, and claim that the circulation (in thousands) after t years will be

C(t) = 100 - 30t - 5t^2 - 0.2t^3
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[ The model is only valid for t >(or equal) 0, and C(t) >(or equal) 0. ]

a) What is the circulation after 8 years?
b) Use the derivative to estimate the circulation after 9 years.
c) When does the circulation reach 100,000 again?
d) What is the maximum circulation?

Please tell me if I'm on the right track:

a) I put 8 for t and solve.

b) The derivative is - 30 + 10t - .6t^2. Now in this I put 9 for t and solve

c) Have no idea. 100, 000 = C(t)

d) No clue.

Thanks.

2. ## Re: Word problem: Dealing with functions

Originally Posted by hollylovespunk

a) I put 8 for t and solve.
Yep.

Originally Posted by hollylovespunk

b) The derivative is - 30 + 10t - .6t^2. Now in this I put 9 for t and solve
This will give you the rate of change in the 9th year.

Originally Posted by hollylovespunk

c) Have no idea. 100, 000 = C(t)

Yep, solve for t

Originally Posted by hollylovespunk

d) No clue.
Solve for the C'(t) = 0

3. ## Re: Word problem: Dealing with functions

Thank you pickslides. Everything makes sense except d. How does solving for C'(t) = 0 tell us the maximum circultation? If you could just explain the logic I will solve these so you guys can check my work.

4. ## Re: Word problem: Dealing with functions

C'(t) gvies the gradient, when the gradient is zero implies a maximum or minimum.