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The cost C of manufacturing a product can be estimated by the formula [#permalink]
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The cost C of manufacturing a product can be estimated by the formula C= 0.03 rs t^2, where r ans s are amounts, in pounds, of two major ingredients and t is production time in hours. if r is increased by 50%, s increased by 20% and t decreased by 30%, by approximately what % will the estimated cost of manufacturing the product change.

A. 40% increase B. 12% increase C. 4% increase D. 12% decrease E. 24% decrease

Re: The cost C of manufacturing a product can be estimated by the formula [#permalink]
31 Jul 2011, 05:15

tracyyahoo wrote:

The cost C of manufacturing a certain product can be estimated by the formular C=0.03rs(t^2), where r and s are the amounts, in pounds, oof the two major ingredients and t is the production time in hours. If r is increased by 50%, s is increased by 20%, and t is decreased by 30%, by approximately what percent will the estimated cost manufacturing the product change?

a) 40% increase b) 12% increase c) 4% incease d) 12% decease e) 24% decrease

pls explain me, thank you. I need it.

From the formula we deduce that C directly proportional to r, s and t^2 hence an increase or decrease in these values will directly change the value of C by that factor

There new r => 1.5r new s => 1.2s new t^2 = (0.7t)^2 = .49t^2 let the constant 0.03 be termed as A

Putting these new values: C1 = A*1.5r*1.2s*.49t^2 C1 = 0.882A*r*s*t^2 = 0.882(C)

Re: The cost C of manufacturing a product can be estimated by the formula [#permalink]
31 Jul 2011, 14:19

Sudhanshuacharya wrote:

tracyyahoo wrote:

The cost C of manufacturing a certain product can be estimated by the formular C=0.03rs(t^2), where r and s are the amounts, in pounds, oof the two major ingredients and t is the production time in hours. If r is increased by 50%, s is increased by 20%, and t is decreased by 30%, by approximately what percent will the estimated cost manufacturing the product change?

a) 40% increase b) 12% increase c) 4% incease d) 12% decease e) 24% decrease

pls explain me, thank you. I need it.

From the formula we deduce that C directly proportional to r, s and t^2 hence an increase or decrease in these values will directly change the value of C by that factor

There new r => 1.5r new s => 1.2s new t^2 = (0.7t)^2 = .49t^2 let the constant 0.03 be termed as A

Putting these new values: C1 = A*1.5r*1.2s*.49t^2 C1 = 0.882A*r*s*t^2 = 0.882(C)

Re: The cost C of manufacturing a product can be estimated by the formula [#permalink]
31 Jul 2011, 14:21

arjun007 wrote:

Hi

How did you guys determine if it was an increase or decrease?

is it because the value of c > c1?

Hope it is clear to you how it is decreasing ... Taking a larger value like - 50 even decreased,so obviously a smaller value - 49 will always decrease _________________

Re: The cost C of manufacturing a product can be estimated by the formula [#permalink]
31 Jul 2011, 14:24

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