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posted by Jane .
The value of a $20,000 car decreases every year, t. The equation below models this situation.
20000(1  0.04t) = 13,000
After how many years will the car be worth $13,000? Round to the nearest tenth if necessary.
I was instructed that the answer is
t = 8.75. How do I set it up and solve it?

13000/20000=(10.04t)
(13000/20000)1=0.04t
[(13000/20000)1]/0.04=t
t=8.75 
Are you sure the equation wasn't
20000(1  .04)^t = 13000 ?
That would be the usual way to express a depreciation of 4% per year.
In that case ....
(.96)^t = .65
log (.96^t) = log .65
t log .96 = lot .65
t = log ..5/log .96 = 10.55
If however, the equation is as you typed it, then go with Tom's answer, it is correct.
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