# Minimum Wage in the United States

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1. ### nycmathguy

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For (a), I say 2000 to 2010 decade.

For (b), the set up is:

5.1/3.4 = x/100

Let x = percent increase in minimum wage from 1985 to 2000.

5.1/7.1 = y/100

Let y = percent increase in minimum wage from 2000 to 2015.

What is the set up for part (c)?

I cannot answer part (d) without knowing my prediction in part (c).

You say?

nycmathguy, May 25, 2022

2. ### MathLover1

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use the graph below, which shows the minimum wages in the united states (in dollars) from 1950 through 2015

a. 2000 to 2015

b.

1985->3.4
2000->5.1

change=5.1-3.4=1.7

percentage=change/2000wage
percentage=1.7/3.4=0.5=50%

do same for percent increase in minimum wage from 2000 to 2015
2000->5.1
2015->7.1

change=7.1-5.1=2
percentage=2/5.1=0.3921568627451= 39.22%

c.
2015->7.1
percentage=0.3922
prediction:

minimum wage= minimum wage in 2015 +(percent of increase(minimum wage in 2015)

7.1+7.1*0.3922=9.88462=9.9

predicted amount =9.9

the minimum wage in 2030 is 9.9

d.
No, the prediction is too high because it is likely that the percent increased.

MathLover1, May 25, 2022
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