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Hi I can't remember how to figure this out. Can you give me an idea?

In 1970, the minimum wage was $1.60 per hour. In 2000, the minimum wage was $5.15 per hour. When will the minimum wage be $7.50 per hour?

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    Are you assuming that the wage is increasing according to a linear function?
    if so,
    then you can treat your data as two ordered pairs
    (1970,1.60) and (2000,5.15)
    slope = (5.15-1.6)/(2000-1970) = 3.55/30 = 71/600 or .11833333..
    using y = mt + b and the point (2000,5.15)
    5.15 = (71/600)2000 + b
    b = -103/20

    so y = (71/600)t - 13891/60

    check: if t=1970
    y = (71/600)(1970) - 13891/60 = 1.6, check!

    so now we want y = 7.5
    7.5 = (71/600)t - 13891/60
    t = 2019.8

    so it will take to 2020, WoW!!!

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