Friday, May 20, 2016

Daily Regents: Functions (Movie Rentals)

I'll be reviewing a New York State Regents Exam Question every day from now until the Regents exams begin next month. At least, that is the plan.

June 2014, Questions 35

35. Caitlin has a movie rental card worth \$175. After she rents the first movie, the card's value is\$172.25. After she rents the second movie, its value is \$169.50. After she rents the third movie, the car is worth \$166.75. Assuming the pattern continues, write an equation to define A(n), the amount of money on the rental card after n rentals.

Caitlin rents a movie every Friday night. How many weeks in a row can she afford to rent a movie using the rental card only? Explain how you arrived at your answer.

First, "Explain" means in words; equations will NOT be enough information. I am not kidding.

Subtract 175-172.25 and you get \$2.75. Check the next and the next to be sure, but you see that each rental is \$2.75
That makes the equation A(n) = -2.75n + 175.

To answer the second part, make an inequality greater than 0, and find the largest whole number which makes it true. (Or make an equation equal to 0 and drop everything after the decimal.)

-2.75n + 175 > 0
-2.75n > -175
n < 63.63

Each movie costs \$2.75 to rent. If you divide \$175 by \$2.75, you can get 63 rentals. There is money left over, but not enough for another rental using the card only.

At one rental per week, she can do this for 63 weeks before she runs out of money.

Any questions?

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