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Question 1

The population of a small town in central Florida has shown a linear decline in the years 1990-1998. In 1990 the population was 36800 people. In 1998 it was 30320 people.

A) Write a linear equation expressing the population of the town, *P*, as a function of *t*, the number of years since 1990.

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B) If the town is still experiencing a linear decline, what will the population be in 2002?

`P (t) = 36800-810t`

The population in 2002 will be 27080