Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2014/Question 03 (c)
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Question 03 (c) 

The price (in dollars) and the demand for a product are related by the following demand equation: Suppose the price increases at a rate of /month. How fast does the demand decrease when the demand is ? 
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Hint 1 

What variable are you taking the derivative of demand with respect to (think about what unit of measurement is “months”)? 
Hint 2 

Implicitly differentiate with respect to time. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. From the previous part, we know that when , by the relation give, . Now, we take that above relation and differentiate it with respect to time: We know that . Substitute into the new found relation and isolate for gives:
So the demand is decreasing at a rate of units/month. 