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A salesperson sells shoes. At a price of \$32, he can sell 80

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A salesperson sells shoes. At a price of \$32, he can sell 80 pairs of shoes. For every 2 dollars discount on the price of the shoes, 20 more pairs of shoes are sold. At what price will the salesperson have the highest revenue from shoe sales.

\$32
\$27
\$24
\$21
\$20

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12 Sep 2008, 21:40
dancinggeometry wrote:
A salesperson sells shoes. At a price of \$32, he can sell 80 pairs of shoes. For every 2 dollars discount on the price of the shoes, 20 more pairs of shoes are sold. At what price will the salesperson have the highest revenue from shoe sales.

\$32
\$27
\$24
\$21
\$20

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14 Sep 2008, 03:28
dancinggeometry wrote:
A salesperson sells shoes. At a price of \$32, he can sell 80 pairs of shoes. For every 2 dollars discount on the price of the shoes, 20 more pairs of shoes are sold. At what price will the salesperson have the highest revenue from shoe sales.

\$32
\$27
\$24
\$21
\$20

IMO E
32*80 = revenue in norml scenario
acc to this ques ,say we decrease the shoe sales n times by 2 dollars,20n additional pair of shoes sold ,hence new revenue is
(32-2n)(80+20n)=R
R is max when n=6 hence 32-2*6=20 \$ is the answer
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15 Sep 2008, 00:03
spriya wrote:
IMO E
32*80 = revenue in norml scenario
acc to this ques ,say we decrease the shoe sales n times by 2 dollars,20n additional pair of shoes sold ,hence new revenue is
(32-2n)(80+20n)=R
R is max when n=6 hence 32-2*6=20 \$ is the answer

Good explanation. But, how did you arrive at n = 6 for R to be the max?
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15 Sep 2008, 01:02
scthakur wrote:
spriya wrote:
IMO E
32*80 = revenue in norml scenario
acc to this ques ,say we decrease the shoe sales n times by 2 dollars,20n additional pair of shoes sold ,hence new revenue is
(32-2n)(80+20n)=R
R is max when n=6 hence 32-2*6=20 \$ is the answer

Good explanation. But, how did you arrive at n = 6 for R to be the max?

(32-2n)(80+20n)=R = 2(16-n)*20*(4+n)
= 80(-n^2+12n+20)

f(n)=(-n^2+12n+20)
derivative of f(n)=f'(n)=-2n+12=0 ( n is max or min)
n=6
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16 Sep 2008, 13:43
dancinggeometry wrote:
A salesperson sells shoes. At a price of \$32, he can sell 80 pairs of shoes. For every 2 dollars discount on the price of the shoes, 20 more pairs of shoes are sold. At what price will the salesperson have the highest revenue from shoe sales.

\$32
\$27
\$24
\$21
\$20

the premisis of the question is specefying ( for every 2 dollars discount ) thus the answer has to be even.( 32 - 24 - 20)

however 32 is obviously ruled out

then it is either ( 24 - 20) just substitute and compare

the first 80 shoes are not relevent thus we need to calculate the excess in rev from additional sales due to discount. ie:

- 24*(20*4) = 1920

- 20 *(20*5) = 2000

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