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Jeslyn H.

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A person's systolic blood pressure,

which is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), depends on a person's age, in years. The equation: P = 0.004 y 2 − 0.02 y + 118 gives a person's blood pressure, P , at age y years


B.) If a person's systolic pressure is 123.6 mm Hg, what is their age (rounded to the nearest whole year)?

Liz Z.

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40. The fastest way to solve this problem is to graph it. Graph the function P, and graph y=123.6. Your calculator (or Desmos.com) can find the point where they intersect. Where the pressure = 123.6, x=40. Since y is the independent variable (usually x) in this function, x=40 is the number of years at P=123.6. Otherwise, if you need to solve without graphing, set the function P equal to 123.6, and solve for years. The quadratic formula would work. I hope this helps, and have fun mathing! LizZ.
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