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# MONTHLY KILOWATT-HOURS 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 Present $24.00  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics Author Message TAGS: Intern Joined: 18 Sep 2005 Posts: 5 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 MONTHLY KILOWATT-HOURS 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 Present$24.00 [#permalink]  15 Oct 2005, 21:51
MONTHLY KILOWATT-HOURS
500 1,000 1,500 2,000
Present $24.00$41.00 $57.00$73.00
Proposed $26.00$45.00 $62.00$79.00

12. The table above shows present rates and proposed rates for electricity for residential customers. For which of the monthly kilowatt-hours shown would the proposed rate be the greatest percent increase over the present rate?
(A) 500
(B) 1,000
(C) 1,500
(D) 2,000
(E) Each of the percent increases is the same.
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[#permalink]  15 Oct 2005, 22:36
Hard to understand whether the kilowatt-hours plays a role in the comparison. Even if we set 6000 KW as a common base, it does`t effect the percent increase difference.

A. 26-24=2 ---> 2/24=1/12
B. ...4/41= approx 1/10
C. ...5/57= approx 1/11
D. ...6/73= approx 1/12

Greatest increase is B.

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[#permalink]  15 Oct 2005, 22:39

Here are the increase percentages:

Formula: Increase percentag = (amount increased / original amount ) * 100%

Hence,

2/24 = 1/12
4/41 = 1/10.25
5/57 = 1/11.4
6/73 = 1/12.16

The lower the denominator, the higher the increase. Hence B
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