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Do the graphs of all direct variation equations look like [link] ?

No. Direct variation equations are power functions—they may be linear, quadratic, cubic, quartic, radical, etc. But all of the graphs pass through ( 0,0 ) .

The quantity y varies directly with the square of x . If y = 24 when x = 3 , find y when x is 4.

128 3

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Solving inverse variation problems

Water temperature in an ocean varies inversely to the water’s depth. Between the depths of 250 feet and 500 feet, the formula T = 14,000 d gives us the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit at a depth in feet below Earth’s surface. Consider the Atlantic Ocean, which covers 22% of Earth’s surface. At a certain location, at the depth of 500 feet, the temperature may be 28°F.

If we create [link] , we observe that, as the depth increases, the water temperature decreases.

d , depth T = 14,000 d Interpretation
500 ft 14,000 500 = 28 At a depth of 500 ft, the water temperature is 28° F.
350 ft 14,000 350 = 40 At a depth of 350 ft, the water temperature is 40° F.
250 ft 14,000 250 = 56 At a depth of 250 ft, the water temperature is 56° F.

We notice in the relationship between these variables that, as one quantity increases, the other decreases. The two quantities are said to be inversely proportional and each term varies inversely with the other. Inversely proportional relationships are also called inverse variations .

For our example, [link] depicts the inverse variation    . We say the water temperature varies inversely with the depth of the water because, as the depth increases, the temperature decreases. The formula y = k x for inverse variation in this case uses k = 14,000.

Graph of y=(14000)/x where the horizontal axis is labeled, “Depth, d (ft)”, and the vertical axis is labeled, “Temperature, T (Degrees Fahrenheit)”.

Inverse variation

If x and y are related by an equation of the form

y = k x n

where k is a nonzero constant, then we say that y varies inversely    with the n th power of x . In inversely proportional    relationships, or inverse variations , there is a constant multiple k = x n y .

Writing a formula for an inversely proportional relationship

A tourist plans to drive 100 miles. Find a formula for the time the trip will take as a function of the speed the tourist drives.

Recall that multiplying speed by time gives distance. If we let t represent the drive time in hours, and v represent the velocity (speed or rate) at which the tourist drives, then v t = distance . Because the distance is fixed at 100 miles, v t = 100. Solving this relationship for the time gives us our function.

t ( v ) = 100 v        = 100 v 1

We can see that the constant of variation is 100 and, although we can write the relationship using the negative exponent, it is more common to see it written as a fraction.

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Given a description of an indirect variation problem, solve for an unknown.

  1. Identify the input, x , and the output, y .
  2. Determine the constant of variation. You may need to multiply y by the specified power of x to determine the constant of variation.
  3. Use the constant of variation to write an equation for the relationship.
  4. Substitute known values into the equation to find the unknown.

Solving an inverse variation problem

A quantity y varies inversely with the cube of x . If y = 25 when x = 2 , find y when x is 6.

The general formula for inverse variation with a cube is y = k x 3 . The constant can be found by multiplying y by the cube of x .

k = x 3 y    = 2 3 25    = 200

Now we use the constant to write an equation that represents this relationship.

y = k x 3 , k = 200 y = 200 x 3

Substitute x = 6 and solve for y .

y = 200 6 3    = 25 27
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Questions & Answers

For each year t, the population of a forest of trees is represented by the function A(t) = 117(1.029)t. In a neighboring forest, the population of the same type of tree is represented by the function B(t) = 86(1.025)t.
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It's just like any other number. The important thing to know is that they exist and can be used in computations like any number.
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I would like to add that they are used in AC signal analysis for one thing
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Good call Scott. Also radar signals I believe.
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Is there any rule we can use to get the nth term ?
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