Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsHello, and welcome back to the steps in practice. We're dealing today with systems of linear inequalities. And in Exercise 1, we've got 50 euros and we can buy books whose price is 1.29 euro each or we can buy a DVD at the price of 2.10 each. It's quite cheap, isn't it?

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsNow if b is the number of books that we buy, and d is the number of DVDs then the cost, our total cost will be b times 1.29 plus 2.10 d. So our constraint is that the cost must be less than or equal than 50. So the constraint is 1.29 b plus 2.1 d less than or equal to 50. This is a linear inequality. Also, the number of books and DVDs must be positive. So at the same time, we must impose b greater than or equal to 0, d greater than or equal to 0. So this is a system of linear inequalities. And we shall denote by S the set of solutions of the system.

Skip to 1 minute and 55 secondsNow, in truth b and d have to be also integers. You cannot buy a square root of 2 number of books, for instance. So in our case also b and d must be natural numbers. Now let us draw the solutions of this system S. Well, when we have equality, we've got a line. The line 1.29 b plus 2.10d equal to 50, let us call it L. And we impose that 2.10 d is less than 50 minus 1.29 b. That is d less or equal than 50 over 2.10 minus 1.29 divided by 2.10 b.

Skip to 3 minutes and 4 secondsSo the points of our interest of the set S are the points that belong to the set of b and d positive, and that are below the line L. So let us draw the line L. We shall take the vertical axis as the axis of the number of DVDs, and the horizontal axis as the number of books b. Now in order to draw the line L, it is enough to find two points of the line. Well, let us find the intersection of the line L with the vertical and horizontal axis. If we want intersection with the vertical axis, we must take b equal to 0.

Skip to 3 minutes and 57 secondsNow for b equal to 0 a point b,d belongs to the line whenever 2.10 d is equal to 50. So if d is equal to 50 divided by 2.10. This is a little bit less than 24.

Skip to 4 minutes and 19 secondsSo we can draw here, if this is 10 and this is 20, 24 will be more or less here. And that line will pass through the point here. At the same time, the intersection of the line L with the horizontal axis is when d is equal to 0. And if we take d equal to 0, we get 1.29 b equal to 50, which gives b equal to 50 divided by 1.29, which is a little bit less than 39.

Skip to 5 minutes and 1 secondSo if this is 10, this is 20, this is 30, and this is 40, well, the point of the line L will be more or less here. So the line L is the line that we draw now. This is the line L. And we have to take the points that are below the line L and at the same time, with b greater than 0. So on this side. And d greater than or equal to 0. So above the horizontal line. So this is the set S. And also we have to take into account that b and d are natural numbers. So actually we're not taking all the points of this set, just the points with integer coordinates.

Skip to 6 minutes and 3 secondsSo for instance, 10, 10 and every point with d equal to 10 and b being an integer from 0 to 10. And so on. So we've got all the points with integer coordinates that belong to the set S are the solutions to our problem.

Skip to 6 minutes and 30 secondsSo this is the last video of our course. In the next step, you will find some revision exercises as usual, in the form of quizzes. We want to invite you to do them. We are sure that you will learn a lot of things. And we also did-- not only how to clean a window like that one, which was a quite difficult task. If you wish, in our next MOOC, we deal with some more advanced topics like exponential functions, and logarithms, and trigonometric functions also.

Skip to 7 minutes and 27 secondsIn this setting, we consider all the stuff that you saw here-- equalities, inequalities, between these functions.

Skip to 7 minutes and 39 secondsAnd then also, some plane and solid geometry.

Skip to 7 minutes and 50 secondsSo we wish you good luck for your studies. And we really hope to see you soon in the next MOOC. Bye.

Systems of linear inequalities in practice

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Exercise 1.

Francis receives a gift card for the amount of 50 euros from an online store, that allows him to buy books at \(1.29\) euros each, or DVDs at \(2.10\) euros each. Set up a system of linear inequalities that represents the situation, and identify the range of possible purchases by means of a graph.


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