Posted by **Autumn** on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:01pm.

One newspaper reported that the mayor received a salary increase of 5%. Another paper reported that the mayor's salary went up $2000. What was the mayor's salary before the increase?

My teacher gave us a hint.

y= 1.05x.

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**Ms. Sue**, Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:06pm
Here's an easy way to solve this. Let x equal the mayor's salary before his/her raise.

0.05x = 2,000

x = ???

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**Autumn**, Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:08pm
Thank you!

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**Ms. Sue**, Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:13pm
You're welcome.

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**Suresh**, Friday, April 25, 2008 at 5:59am
you can also use the formula ur teacher gave, y= 1.05x,

where x = 2000

y = is the new salary= 1.05x2000

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