I'm missing something on this problem: "As you go deeper into a cave, the light intensity gradually decreases until it becomes very dark. Let L(d) denote the light intensity in a certain cave L (measured in cd/sq. m) at a given depth d (measured in m). Write an equation that represents the following statement:

The light intensity 4m inside the cave is 3000 cd/sq. m less than the light intensity at the entrance to the cave. "

I wrote L(4)-L(0)/4=-3000

But it turned out to be wrong and I don't know what it is. What did I do wrong?


The light intensity at the entrance is $L(0)$.

The light intensity $4$m deep is $L(4)$

What the sentence is basically saying is "this one number is this much bigger than that other number". And the sentence "$x$ is $c$ bigger than $y$" can easily translate into math as


or $$x-y=c.$$

You do the rest.

  • $\begingroup$ $L(0)=L(4)+3000$ ? $\endgroup$ – Steve May 12 '17 at 8:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Steve It's as simple as that, yeah $\endgroup$ – 5xum May 12 '17 at 8:25
  • $\begingroup$ Let us continue this discussion in chat. $\endgroup$ – Steve May 12 '17 at 8:37

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