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The net profit that Ann makes from selling x pillows is give [#permalink]
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Question Stats: 66% (00:48) correct 33% (01:06) wrong based on 12 sessions
The net profit that Ann makes from selling x pillows is given by the expression $$x^2 - 2x - 288$$.

 Quantity A Quantity B The number of pillows that Ann must sell for her net profit to be zero 20

A. Quantity A is greater.
B. Quantity B is greater.
C. The two quantities are equal.
D. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

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[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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All that is asked here is solve the given equation $$x^2 - 2x - 288 = 0$$
By simplification, $$X^2 -18x + 16x -288 = 0$$
Hence, $$x(x-18) +16(x - 18) = 0$$
Therefore, $$x = -16,18$$
However the value of x cannot be $$-$$ve since the number of pillows sold cannot be negative
Hence, $$x =18$$ < Qty B
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Re: The net profit that Ann makes from selling x pillows is give [#permalink]
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Explanation

Set the expression equal to zero and then factor it.

You are looking for factors of 288 that have a difference of 2.

So find the integer factor pairs, starting with 1: 1 and 288; 2 and 144; 3 and 96; 4 and 72; 6 and 48; 8 and 36; 9 and 32; 12 and 24; 16 and 18.

The last pair you found works, so the factored form of your equation is: (x – 18)(x + 16) = 0. The solutions are 18 and –16, but obviously Ann cannot sell a negative number of pillows. The answer is choice (B).
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