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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 -

    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 -

    Thank you!

  • Algebra -

    You're welcome.

  • Algebra -

    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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