Solve using Newton's Method

Marcus Tool and Die Company produces a specialized milling tool designed specifically for machining ceramic components. Each milling tool sells for $4, so the company's revenue in dollars for x units sold is R(x) = 4x. The company's cost in dollars to produce x tools can be modeled as C(x) = 304+30x^(5/8). Use Newton's method to find the break-even point for the company (that is, find x such that C(x) = R(x)). Use x = 370 as your initial guess and show all your work. Thank you!

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Re: Solve using Newton's Method

Re: Solve using Newton's Method

Set up the equation describing the problem

$\displaystyle C(x)=R(x)$

$\displaystyle 304+30x^{5/8}=4x$

$\displaystyle 304+30x^{5/8}-4x=0$

let f(x) be

$\displaystyle f(x)=304+30x^{5/8}-4x$

the derivative of this is

$\displaystyle f'(x)=\frac{150}{8}x^{-3/8}-4$

When your first guess (x_{1}) is 370 the second estimate (x_{2}) will be

$\displaystyle x_2=370-\frac{f(370)}{f'(370)}$

$\displaystyle 390-\frac{304+30(370)^{5/8}-4(370)}{\frac{150}{8}(370)^{-3/8}-4}$

When you have a second estimate repeat the procedure but replace 390 with your second estimate.