a musical group's new single is released weekly sales s (in thousands) increase steadily for a while and then decrease as given by the function s = -2<t-20> + 40 where t is the time (in weeks). what was the maximum number of singles sold in one week?
This function always decreases.
Originally Posted by zasi
This means week one, the group will sell 78,000 records.
Week two, it'll sell 76,000 records.
Week three, it'll sell 74,000 records.
Clearly week one saw the highest sales.
(was that the correct formula? your description mentioned an initial rise. Are you sure it's not or something?)
the formula is base on absolute value of the function i.e.y = a[x - h] + k
All right, so the formula is ?
Want to maximize this.
Well there are two terms being added, and . We want them both to be as large as possible. Obviously we can't do anything to the 40, so we just have to maximize .
Well this is never positive because it's -2 times an absolute value (which is never negative). So to maximize it, we just make it as "least" negative as possible -- that is, minimize the value of this term.
Setting to 0 should to the trick.
Because it's equal to zero, we can drop the absolute value bars to get:
This will maximize the function.
Substitute it into the original function:
So I claim that 40,000 records is most sold in a single week, and it occurs at week 20.
Verify for good measure: Try weeks 19 and 21.
There. Kind of sloppy, but hopefully helpful.