# Integer Exponents

Submitted by JM on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 23:15In order to indicate a product, centered dot, \( \cdot \), or parentheses around one or more symbols are used. Sometimes the symbol for multiplication is omitted. For instance, the product of $\mathbf{x}$ and $\mathbf{y}$ can be written in the following ways:

# Writing Functions

Submitted by JM on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 11:42There are a lot of word problems which require an ability to correctly model a real-world problem with Algebraic functions. The following shows examples on writing and algebraic functions to model real-world situations.

The perimeter of a rectangular field is \( 80 meters \). Find the area of the field in terms of its length \( \mathbf{x}. \)

Solution:

Representations: P = Perimeter; A = Area

Let $P = 2x + 2y$ where $\mathbf{x}$ is the field's length and y is its width.

$A = xy$

Given: $P = 80$

$80 = 2x + 2y$

\(40 = x + y \) (divide both sides by 2)

\(40 - x = y \) (solve for y)

Solving for the Area of the given rectangular field, it follows that:

\(A = xy\)

\(A = x(40 - x)\) (substitute the derived value of y above)

\(A = 40x - x^2\)

\(A(x) = 40x - x^2 \)

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