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Need to know how to set up this word problem: the water consumption was 4 percent higher in 2005 than it was in 2004. If the water consumption for 2005 was 9,740 cubic feet, what was the consumption in 2004. (pls. show work)

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Ok - the math is like this:

9740 = (y x 1.04)
Dividing both sides of the equal sign by 1.04 leaves:
9740 / 1.04 = y
Which equals
y = 9365.38

Check by multiplying 9365.38 by 104% (1.04 decimal) and you get 9740.

I hope that helped!

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WC2004=WC2005/1.04=
=9740/1.04=
=9365,384615384615

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