Posted by **lisa** on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:05pm.

starting salary for a job is $30,000 with a guaranteed raise of $5,000 each year for the first 5 years. write an explicit formula to represent how much money you would earn each year. please somone help!

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**Reiny**, Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:16pm
The salary for any given year n is

salary = 30000 + 5000n

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**jessica**, Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:32pm
how much money would you earn in the fifth year? would you just plug in 5 into n to get your answer?

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**Reiny**, Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:45pm
yes

however, we have to look carefully what we mean by fifth year

so for the duration of year 1 you would earn 30000

for the duration of the 2nd year you would earn 35000

for the duration of the 3rd year you would earn 40000

for the duration of the 4th year you would earn 45000

for the duration of the 5th year you would earn 50000

notice 50000 = 30000 + 4(5000)

so I will revise my formula to say

salary = 30000 + 5000(n-1) , where n is the number of the year

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