Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2011/Question 05 (a)
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Question 05 (a) 

In the following figure, the curved graph is a demand curve where q is the demand and p is the price in dollars. The straight line is the tangent line to this demand curve at the point (p,q) = (2,6). Recall that the price elasticity of demand is given by

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Remember that the derivative at is the same as the slope of the tangent line at . 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We can calculate the slope of the line by using two points on the line, say and . These two points give us a slope of . Because the line is tangent to the graph at and its slope is , we know that at . Thus, by using the elasticity formula above, we get . 