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sensitivity ranges for the objective function coefficients and constraint quantity values

Gilbert Moss and Angela Pasaic spent several summers during their college years working at archaeological sites in the Southwest. While at these digs, they learned how to make ceramic tiles from local artisans. After college they made use of their college experiences to start a tile manufacturing firm called Mossaic Tiles, Ltd. They opened their plant in New Mexico, where they would have convenient access to a special clay they intend to use to make a clay derivative for their tiles. Their manufacturing operation consists of a few relatively simple but precarious steps, including molding the tiles, baking, and glazing.
Gilbert and Angela plan to produce two basic types of tile for use in home bathrooms, kitchens, sunrooms, and laundry rooms. The two types of tile are a larger, single-colored tile and a smaller, patterned tile. In the manufacturing process the color or pattern is added before a tile is glazed. Either a single color is sprayed over the top of a baked set of tiles or a stenciled pattern is sprayed on the top of a baked set of tiles.

The titles are produced in batches of 100. The first step is to pour the clay derivative into specially constructed molds. It takes 18 minutes to mold a batch of 100 larger tiles and 15 minutes to prepare a mold for a batch of 100 smaller tiles. The company has 60 hours available each week for molding. After the tiles are molded they are baked in a kiln: 0.27 hour for a batch of 100 larger tiles and 0.58 hour for a batch of l00 smaller tiles. The company has 105 hours available each week for baking. After baking, the tiles are either colored or patterned and glazed. This process takes 0.16 hour for a batch of 100 larger tiles and 0.20 hour for a batch of 100 smaller tiles. Forty hours are available each week for the glazing process. Each batch of 100 large tiles requires 32.8 pounds of the clay derivative to produce, whereas each batch of smaller tiles requires 20 pounds. The company had 6,000 pounds of the clay derivative available each week.
Mossaic Tiles earns a profit of $190 for each batch of 100 of the larger tiles and $240 for each batch of 100 smaller patterned tiles. Angela and Gilbert want to know how many batches of each type of tile to produce each to maximize profit. In addition, they also have some questions about resource usage they would like answered.
Please help to solve the following problems

d. Determine the resources left over and not used at the optimal solution point. Do not use excel solver to solve the solution.

e. Determine the sensitivity ranges for the objective function coefficients and constraint quantity values using the graphical solution of the model.

f. For artistic reasons Gilbert and Angela like to produce the smaller, patterned tiles better. They also believe in the long run the smaller tiles will be a more successful product. What must the profit be for the smaller tiles in order for the company to produce only the smaller tiles?

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Determine the sensitivity ranges for the objective function coefficients and constraint quantity values using the graphical solution of the model.

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