## Investment Choices

• • • You have \$1000 to invest. Broker A offers a \$100 annual return. Broker B offers an 8% annual compounded return. Which broker do you prefer?

Population Growth

The population of Nevada from 2000 to 2006 is given in Table 1.30. To see how the population is growing, we look at the absolute increases in population in the third column and relative increases in the fourth column. Is the growth linear or exponential? Why? Write a formula that captures the trend of the data.

Table 1.30 Population of Nevada (estimated) 2000 – 2006 Year 2000 Population (thousands) 2,020 Change in population (thousands) 73 Relative change in population 3.6% 2001 2002 2,093 2,168 75 78 3.6% 3.6% 2003 2004 2005 2006 2,216 2,327 2,411 2,498 81 84 87 3.7% 3.6% 3.6% Applied Calculus ,4/E, Deborah Hughes-Hallett Copyright 2010 by John Wiley and Sons, All Rights Reserved

where is the population of Nevada years after 2000.

…And, a has to be positive.

Figure 1.61: Exponential growth: P = a

t

Figure 1.62: Exponential decay: P = a

t

Problem 6

A product costs \$80 today. How much will the product cost in

t

days if the price is reduced by (a) \$4 a day 𝑐 = 80 − 4𝑡 (b) 5% a day 𝑐 = 80 × 0.95

Sales at a company are changing according to the formula S = 1000(0.82)

t

, where S is sales in thousands of dollars and t is measured in years. Sales at this company are: (a) Increasing by 82% per year (b) Increasing by 82 thousand dollars per year (c) Decreasing by 82% per year (d) Decreasing by 82 thousand dollars per year (e) Increasing by 18% per year (f) Increasing by 18 thousand dollars per year (g) Decreasing by 18% per year (h) Decreasing by 18 thousand dollars per year ConcepTest • Section 1.5 • Question 4

Let f(x) = ab

x

, b > 0. Then (a) b

h

(b) h (c) b x+h (d) ab

x

)  ConcepTest • Section 1.5 • Question 10