Posted by Autumn on .
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.

Algebra 
Ms. Sue,
Here's an easy way to solve this. Let x equal the mayor's salary before his/her raise.
0.05x = 2,000
x = ??? 
Algebra 
Autumn,
Thank you!

Algebra 
Ms. Sue,
You're welcome.

Algebra 
Suresh,
you can also use the formula ur teacher gave, y= 1.05x,
where x = 2000
y = is the new salary= 1.05x2000