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Question from Diamond, a student:

what are the 2 parts of partial variation?


A salesman earns $1,000.00/month plus 8% of total sales. Hence if he sells $50,000 worth of product in a month his earnings are $1,000.00 + 0.08 × $50,000.00 = $5,000.00.

This is an example of partial variation. He salary is composed of a fixed amount ($1,000.00) and a variable amount (8% of total sales).

There are some examples on the Saskatoon Catholic Schools site.


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