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Question 1

The population of a small town in central Florida has shown a linear decline in the years 1985-1995. In 1985 the population was 23600 people. In 1995 it was 15800 people.

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

Answer:

B) If the town is still experiencing a linear decline, what will the population be in 1999?

`P (t) = 23600-780t`

The population in 1999 will be 12680