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### HideShow timer Statistics At her current job, Mary gets a 1.5% raise twice per year. Which of the following choices represents Mary’s current income y years after starting the job at a starting salary of s?

(A) $$s(1.5)^{2y}$$

(B) $$s(0.015)^{2y}$$

(C) $$s(1.015)^{2y}$$

(D) $$s(1.5)\frac{y}{2}$$

(E) $$s(1.015)\frac{y}{2}$$

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Bunuel wrote:
At her current job, Mary gets a 1.5% raise twice per year. Which of the following choices represents Mary’s current income y years after starting the job at a starting salary of s?

(A) $$s(1.5)^{2y}$$

(B) $$s(0.015)^{2y}$$

(C) $$s(1.015)^{2y}$$

(D) $$s(1.5)\frac{y}{2}$$

(E) $$s(1.015)\frac{y}{2}$$

1.5% rise is equivalent to s*$$(1+\frac{1.5}{100})=s*(1+0.015)=s*1.015$$
Mary’s current income y years after starting the job=$$s(1.015)^{2y}$$ (Since income increases twice a year)

Ans. (C)
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Bunuel wrote:
At her current job, Mary gets a 1.5% raise twice per year. Which of the following choices represents Mary’s current income y years after starting the job at a starting salary of s?

(A) $$s(1.5)^{2y}$$

(B) $$s(0.015)^{2y}$$

(C) $$s(1.015)^{2y}$$

(D) $$s(1.5)\frac{y}{2}$$

(E) $$s(1.015)\frac{y}{2}$$

One approach here is to apply the COMPOUND INTEREST formula.
However, if you didn't see that the question is analogous to a COMPOUND INTEREST question, we can also solve the question by looking for a pattern.

Let's try that:

Time elapsed (in years) | salary
0 | s
0.5 | (1.015)(s)
1 | (1.015)(1.015)(s)= (1.015)²(s) =
1.5 | (1.015)(1.015)(1.015)(s) = (1.015)³(s) =
2 | (1.015)⁴(s)
2.5 | (1.015)⁵(s)
3 | (1.015)⁶(s)
3.5 | (1.015)⁷(s)
4 | (1.015)⁸(s)
.
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See the pattern???
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y | (1.015)^2y(s)

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