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April 30th, 2017, 09:10 PM   #1
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Inverse Variation in Algebra

The cost per person to ride a bus to a concert varies inversely with the number of people who ride the bus. The bus holds 54 people. If it costs $42 per person when 20 people ride the bus, solve for how much it would cost if the bus was filled to capacity. Be sure to define your variables, find your constant variable, construct your variation equation, and then solve.
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y=42 when x=20

y=kx

42=k*20

So, if x=54:

42=k*54

54/42= 1.3 (rounded to the nearest tenth)

1.3*54=\$70.20

So it would cost \$70.20 when the bus is filled to capacity.

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The cost per person is inversely proportional to the number of people riding the bus. The more people riding the bus the less cost per person.

Start with 42 = k/20.
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Ok so

So 42=k/20

42*20= 840

k=840

y=kx

42=840/54

42 = 15.5


So if 42 people ride, the cost would be $15.50..?
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There are errors in your work though your result is almost correct. 42 does not equal 840/54. Write C = 840/54 where C is the cost per person.
The result is \$15.56 per person to the nearest penny, as 840/54 = 15.5555...
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Does the driver of the bus "ride the bus"?
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Does the driver of the bus "ride the bus"?
Haha, I don't know. Good question!
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