by HallsofIvy » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:15 pm
If growth is linear then we can write the formula as y= ax+ b, where x is the year and y is number if customers.
"In 2000 the company had 300 customers."
So when x= 2000, y= 300. 300= 2000a+ b.
"In 2015, this company already had 1200 customers."
So when x= 2015, y= 1200. 1200= 2015a+ b.
We can immediately eliminate "b" by subtracting the first equation from the second;
900= 15a so a= 900/15= 60. Then 300= 2000(60)+ b= 120000+ b so b= 300- 120000= -119700.
y= 60a- 119700.
"How many customers did the company have in 2008?"
y= 60(2008)- 119700= 120480- 119700= 780.
The company will had 780 clients in 2008.
(You can simplify the numbers by "coding" 2000 as 0, 20015 as 15, and 2018 as 18.)