Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2010/Question 03
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Question 03 

A city's supply of an herb comes from many small home businesses. The supply q of the herb is a function of the street price p. The Elasticity of Supply is by definition equal to Suppose that a city's weekly supply q of the herb, in millions of grams, is related to the street price, p, in dollars per gram, by the equation Calculate the elasticity of supply when p=3. Please simplify. Note that when p=3, we have q=2. 
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Hint 1 

Note that the definition of elasticity depends varies from person to person and text to text; depending on where you look, you may or may not find a minus sign in front of For this problem, we are given a definition, so we'll use this in the solution. On your exam, you might not be given the definition of elasticity. In this case, please use the definition that you were given in class. (In 2012, we did not include a minus sign in front.) 
Hint 2 

Use implicit differentiation to find . 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. In order to find we differentiate both sides of the supply equation with respect to . Solving for Hence, the elasticity of supply is Evaluating this when and , we obtain 