Golden Arches
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 Here's a solution from a group of students (we don't know where they are...): We worked on the problem Golden Arches. To do so we made two graphs. One was on paper and the other was on a TI-83 graphing calculator. Number of stores was plotted on the y-axis and year was located on the x-axis. Both brought us to the conclusion that number of stores in and outside of the U.S. would intersect in 2021. Students involved, Brian Harmen Bruce Privott Evan Miller Thank you, Brian, Bruce, and Evan! And thank you for your clear description of what you did. SPECIAL DEAL from EEPS! Here are some numbers from a press release we found at the McDonalds web site that describes the numbers as of March 31, 2002 (and 2001): ```SYSTEMWIDE RESTAURANTS ----------------------------------------------------------------------- At March 31, 2002 2001 Inc/(Dec) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- U.S.* ................................. 13,148 12,811 337 Europe United Kingdom 1,191 1,134 57 Germany 1,154 1,093 61 France 917 861 56 Italy 323 299 24 Spain 313 280 33 Sweden 241 228 13 Netherlands 211 206 5 Poland 189 183 6 Austria 155 148 7 Other 1,131 1,078 53 Total Europe ................... 5,825 5,510 315 APMEA Japan* 3,836 3,619 217 Australia 716 704 12 China 458 341 117 Taiwan 354 339 15 South Korea 333 255 78 Philippines 234 236 (2) Hong Kong 199 180 19 Other 1,231 1,166 65 Total APMEA ....................7,361 6,840 521 Latin America Brazil 573 554 19 Mexico 236 207 29 Argentina 211 214 (3) Other 571 573 (2) Total Latin America ........ 1,591 1,548 43 Canada* ................................ 1,238 1,162 76 Partner Brands** .................. 1,029 1,034 (5) Systemwide restaurants 30,192 28,905 1,287 Countries 121 120 1 * Includes satellites at March 31, 2002: U.S. 1,018; Japan 1,836; Canada 312. At March 31, 2001: U.S. 978; Japan 1,672; Canada 285. ** Restaurants at March 31, 2002: Boston Market 653; Chipotle 184; Donatos Pizzeria 192. At March 31, 2001: Aroma Cafˇ 42; Boston Market 702; Chipotle 124; Donatos Pizzeria 166. ``` Using these data, and your results from the problem, what can you say about the period of time between when the book was published (1995) and now? back to the Answer Book page