MATH102 December 2016
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Question B 07 (b)
Each day 100,000 people use Vancouver’s public transit system. Translink estimates that
2000 of those people ride on transit without paying (called free riders). The number of free
riders caught by Translink officers
in any particular day is given by
where and is the number of Translink officers
on duty that day. Each officer
duty costs Translink 1000 dollars per day.
(b) How many officers should be hired in order to maximize the net revenue for a fixed
fine ? Check that your answer is in fact a maximum.
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Find the critical point of on the domain .
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To maximize the net revenue on the domain , we first find its derivative.
Recall that from part (a).
Then, we have .
Since at , we have for and for . Therefore, achieves its maximum at , provided that .