Growing Strawberries

(Source: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, May 1998).

The number of strawberry plants that will yield a harvest of at least five pints costs \$8.00. The water, fertilizer, and other supplies needed to grow one pint of strawberries cost \$0.29. If you can sell strawberries to a store for \$1.89 a pint, how many pints would you have to grow before you produce a profit of at least \$1 per pint?

harvest: 5 pints = \$ 8.00

..........or 1 pint = \$ 1.60

supplies: 5 pints = \$ 1.45

..........or 1 pint = \$ 0.29

Cost to strawberry grower for 1 pint of strawberries: \$ 1.89

Cost to strawberry grower for 2 pints of strawberries: \$3.78

Microsoft Excel gives a quick overlook of the profit the strawberry grower will have if 102 pints of strawberries are grown:

Keep in mind the following:

a) x represents the number of strawberries

b) you must subtract the cost to grow a harvest + the cost of the supplies...which is \$ 1.89.

c) hit the button to view the Excel spreadsheet

You must grow at least 2 pints to yield a profit of at least \$ 1.00.

Also look at Elizabeth Crumpton's strawberries page...it's scrumptous!!

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