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In the fall of 2024, Citizen Math released updated versions of every lesson in our library, plus a few new ones! We know you may have already prepped an earlier version or planned a repeat of last year, so we're continuing to make these earlier versions available through Thursday December 5, 2024.

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How should pharmaceutical companies decide which drugs to develop? There are plenty of medications for conditions like seasonal allergies and athlete’s foot, but treatments for critical conditions such as Ebola are often non-existent. Even though treatments like these may be more important, they’re also less profitable for drug companies.

In this lesson, students create linear and quadratic functions to explore how much pharmaceutical companies profit from different drugs and consider ways to incentivize companies to prioritize medications that are valuable to society.

- Pharmaceutical companies sell many different kinds of medications.
- The revenue that a company generates from a certain medication depends on a number of factors. These include the size of the market and the price that customers are willing to pay for the medication.
- Pharmaceutical companies will often set a price that maximizes their revenue. The upside of this is that it incentivizes companies to develop medications, including life-saving ones. The downside is that it means that some customers may not be able to afford the medications.

- Write an equation for a linear functions; interpret the meaning of the y-intercept and slope for a real-world situation
- Write an equation for a quadratic function
- Identify the key points of a parabola, including the min, max, and vertex; interpret the meaning of these for a real-world situation