Math 105--Calculus I: Project 3, Fall 95

...the continued cost of expansion

by Gavin LaRose (, Nebraska Wesleyan University, November 1995

©1995 Gavin LaRose (
permission granted to use and distribute free in an academic setting

Success is yours, and the contracts are pouring in! After two resoundingly successful contracts with large companies (both, curiously, related to the giant MPC, Inc. conglomerate), you have received a third such contract. This comes from the conglomerate itself, and pertains to a recently announced expansion of their wold-wide headquarters, located in the thriving metropolis of Lonlinc, Skanebra. The letter you received on the subject is attached.

postscript version of project

The letter...

M.P.C., Inc.

1 MPC Drive
Lonlinc, SK 04685

22 November, 1995

Independent Mathematical Contractors, Inc.
Suite 2, Strawmarket Business Plaza
Lonlinc, SK 04685

Dear IMC:

On the recommendation of a number of other companies with which we are affiliated, we have contracted with you to resolve a cost-issue which pertains to the recently announced expansion of our world-wide headquarters in Lonlinc. While the building expansion is to be connected to the existing structure, recent regulations passed by the Lonlinc legislature require us to run a new line from the local power hub to provide electronic connectivity and power. Unfortunately, this necessitates running conduit through the wetlands behind the new construction, which makes it difficult to determine the optimum path along which the conduit should be laid.

We expect that it will cost approximately one and a half times as much to run conduit through the wetland section of the path as it does through non-wetland ground. Owing to concessions made by Lonlinc to encourage business development, we only have to run conduit from the edge of our building to a point at which the power company will make power available, as shown on the map which follows.

In as much as we hope to have a full budget outline for the expansion project finished by the end of the calendar year, we need your estimate for the cost of laying the conduit by the 15th of December at the very latest. If you have questions as you are working on the project, you should consult with our chief scientist, Dr. Gavin LaRose, who has been instructed to assist you insofar as may be possible. Please also note that it is written into your contract that you contact him by the ends of the weeks of the 27th of November and 4th of December to update us on your progress, and that failure to do so may result in a substantial payment penalty. As is usual, we have enclosed a copy of our technical report specifications, which should govern the presentation of your results.

Yours sincerely,
Warren Fubbet, President
MPC, Inc.

Encl: Technical report requirements, map

The Map...

map showing wetlands and power source

The technical specifications...

M.P.C., Inc.

M.P.C., Inc. Technical Report Requirements

All reports submitted to MPC, Inc. should be written so that all members of the board of directors can understand the issues raised therein and therefore be able to appropriately use the report. The board members can all boast of a good university education, but owing to their preoccupation with business matters should be assumed only to remember precalculus and some basic ideas from calculus.

Reports should further:

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