A company produces soft drinks that has a contract which requires that a minimum of 80 units of the chemical A and 60 units of the chemical B to go into each bottle of the drink. The chemicals are available in a prepared mix from two different suppliers. Supplier S has a mix of 4 units of A and 2 units of B that costs Rs 10, the supplier T has a mix of 1 unit of A and 1 unit of B that costs Rs 4. How many mixes from S and T should the company purchase to honour contract requirement and yet minimize cost?


Correct option is

10 mixes from supplier S and 40 mixes from supplier T


The given data may be put in the following tabular form:   





Minimum Requirement









Cost per unit

Rs 10

Rs 4


Suppose x units of mix are purchased from supplier S and y units per purchased from supplier T.   

Total cost Z = 10x + 4y.   

Units of chemical A per bottle = 4x + y.   

But the minimum requirement of chemical A per bottle = 80

∴               4x + y ≥ 80   

Similarly, 2x + y ≥ 60   

Clearly,  x ≥ 0, y ≥ 0   

Thus, the mathematical formulation of the given LPP is

                Minimize Z = 10x + 4y

Subject to  

               4x + y ≥ 80  

               2x + y ≥ 60 

and,         x ≥ 0, y ≥ 0   

Now, we find the feasible region which is the set of all points whose coordinates simultaneously satisfy all constraints including non-negativity restrictions. The shaded region in fig. represents the feasible region of the given LPP. The coordinates of the corner points of the feasible region areA2 (30, 0), (10, 40), B1 (0, 80).



These points are obtained by solving the equations of the corresponding intersecting lines, simultaneously.

The values of the objective function at these points are given in the following table:   

Point (xy)

Value of objective function

      Z = 10x + 4y

A2 (30, 0)

P (10, 40)   

B1 (0, 80)

Z = 10 × 30 + 4 × 0 = 300

Z = 10 × 10 + 40 × 4 = 260

Z = 10 × 0 + 4 × 80 = 320.

Clearly, Z is minimum at (10, 40). The feasible region is unbounded and the open half plane represented by 10x + 4y < 260 does not have points in common with the feasible region. So, Z is minimum at x = 10, y = 40. Hence, x = 10, y = 40 is the optimal solution of the given LPP.   

Hence, the cost per bottle is minimum when the company purchases 10 mixes from supplier S and 40 mixes from supplier T.




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Maximize and Minimize   Z = 3x + 5y  

Subject to   3x – 4y + 12 ≥ 0

                       2x – y + 2 ≥ 0 

                   2x + 3y – 12 ≥ 0 

                               0 ≤ x ≤ 4 

                                      y ≥ 2.



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Maximize  Z = 50x + 15y  

Subject to

            5x + y ≤ 100

             x + y ≤ 60

             xy ≥ 0.



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Maximize   Z = 5x + 7y  

Subject to

              x + y ≤ 4

             3x + 8y ≤ 24  

            10x + 7y ≤ 35

            xy ≥ 0  


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Minimize Z = 3x + 5y     

Subject to  

         – 2x + y ≤ 4  

            x + y ≥ 3

           x – 2y ≤ 2   

           xy ≥ 0



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The vitamin contents of one kg of food is given below:   


Vitamin A

Vitamin B

Vitamin C

Food X:




Food Y:




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