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Question 1

The population of a small town in central Florida has shown a linear decline in the years 1985-1996. In 1985 the population was 27200 people. In 1996 it was 25000 people.

A) Write a linear equation expressing the population of the town, *P*, as a function of *t*, the number of years since 1985.

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B) If the town is still experiencing a linear decline, what will the population be in 1998?

`P (t) = 27200-200t`

The population in 1998 will be 24600