# Utility is a type of function that occurs in economics. When a consumer receives x-units of a ...

## Question:

Utility is a type of function that occurs in economics. When a consumer receives x-units of a certain product, a certain amount of pleasure, or utility U, is derived.

The following is a graph of a utility function.

Find the average rate of change of each portion of U as x changes from 0 to 1; from 1 to 2, from 2 to 3, from 3 to 4.

## Average Rate of Change

The average rate of change of a function is equal to the slope between two points on that function. Thus, we can only find the average rate of change if we're examining an interval, since we need two points in order to calculate it.

{eq}\frac{f(b) - f(a)}{b-a} {/eq}

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Chapter 20 / Lesson 5Learn to define the average rate of change. Discover the average rate of change formula. Learn how to find the average rate of change over an interval.