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    Demand is elastic, inelastic or unitary

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    Question 1. The demand equation for a certain brand of metal alloy audio cassette tape is: 100 x^2 + 9 p^2 = 3600, where x represents the number (in thousands) of ten-packs demanded each week when the unit price is $p. How fast is the quantity demanded increasing when the unit price per ten-pack is $14 and the selling price is dropping at the rate of 15 cents per ten-packs/week? [Hint: To find the value of x when p = 14, solve the equation 100 x^2 + 9 p^2 = 3600 for x when p = 14].

    Question 2a. Suppose the quantity x of Super Titan radial tires made available each week in the marketplace is related to the unit-selling price by the equation: p - (x^2 / 2) = 48, where x is measured in units a thousand and p is in dollars. How fast is the weekly supply of Super Titan radial tires being introduced into the marketplace when x = 6, p = 66, and the price/tire is decreasing at the rate of $3/week?

    Question 2b. The demand function for a certain brand of compact disc is given by the equation: p = - 0.01 x^2 - 0.2 x + 8, where p is the unit price in dollars and x is the quantity demanded each week measured in units of a thousand. Compute the elasticity of demand E(p), and determine whether demand is elastic, inelastic or unitary when x = 15.

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    This solution determines whether demand is elastic, inelastic or unitary.

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