Designer Flowers

Boutique

Situtation

Designer Flowers is a boutique that customizes flower bouquets. You want to buy a flower bouquet made of 20 flowers for your friend’s 20th birthday. When you went to the boutique and asked for the cost, they told you there is an initial cost for customizing and for the number of flowers used. The cost also varies according to if the order is placed on a week day or a weekend.

Deals

Week day: An initial cost of $15 for customizing and $2 per flower.


Weekend: An initial cost of $50 for customizing and $1.50 per flower.

When is is more economically reasonable to order a bouquet made of 20 flowers, week days or weekends?

Independent variable: Number of Flowers

Dependent variable: Total cost


Week day: C=2f+15

Weekend: C=1.5f+50

Standard form


Week day: 2f-c+15=0

Weekend: 3f-2c+100=0


C represents the total cost and f represents the number of flowers used

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Find the Slope and y-intercept

m=dy/dx

X is the number of flowers

Y is the cost

Week day

dy: 35-15=20

The difference of y is 20

dx: 10-0=10

The difference of x is 10

The slope is 2

The y-intercept is 15 because it is the initial cost

Weekend

dy: 65-50=15

The difference of y is 15

dx: 10-0=10

The difference of x is 10

The slope is 1.5

The y-intercept is 50 because it is the initial cost

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Find the point of interception

Find f

C=2f+15

C=1.5f+50

2f+15=1.5f+50

2f-1.5f=50-15

0.5f=35

Divide both sides by 0.5

F=70

Find C

Substitute f to find C

C=2(70) +15

C= 140+15

C= 155


The coordinates for the point of interception are (70,155) since f is 70 and C is 155

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Significance

Ordering on a week day is more economical for less than 70 flowers. Ordering on a week day is less economical for more than 70 flowers. The point of interception is where the cost is the same, so the cost of ordering 70 flowers is the same on a week day or weekend.

Conclusion

It is more economical to buy a to buy a flower bouquet made of 20 flowers for your friend’s 20th birthday on a week day. Then it will only cost $55 instead of $80, you will save $25.

By: Taswi Namburi