Real World Applications – Algebra I
One of the most common ways that teenagers start to make money is by selling candy. If you buy a case of candy, it can cost you about $26 for a box of 30 pieces of big candy bars, which means that if you sell each candy bar for $1, you can get a $4 profit. If you and your friend Jay are both selling candy, we can represent this relationship by using and proving the distributive property.
You and Jay sold a lot of candy bars. Let’s say you sold 15 boxes in one week and she sold 8 boxes.
We can represent the total amount that the two of you earned in two different ways.
These two ways actually help prove the distributive property, and why the distributive property holds true. If we were to distribute the 4 to 15 and 8, we would get the second expression above.
But, let’s say that you and Jay both decided that $4 is not a very good profit, and wanted to see what kinds of profit you can make by changing how much you want your profit to be. We can also represent this using the distributive property!
Check out other ways that you can represent the distributive property and factoring in your world. When would this be useful to you?
If we went back to the example above about selling candy, could you figure out a way to sell something and find a way to make the maximum profit? If so, how? What type of relationship would this represent? (Linear? Quadratic?) If it’s quadratic, what would the point of that would yield the maximum profit be called?