# SOLUTION: A small college had 2546 students in 1998, and2702 students in 2000. IF the enrollment follows a linear growth pattern, how many students will the college have in 2004? Let x be th

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 Question 335598: A small college had 2546 students in 1998, and2702 students in 2000. IF the enrollment follows a linear growth pattern, how many students will the college have in 2004? Let x be the number of years since 1998. ( In 1998, x=0)Answer by nyc_function(2733)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Let us represent the total enrollment in any year by the general linear expression, E = A + Bx where x is the number of years since 1998, and A, B are constants when x=0 (ie in 1998), enrollment E = 2546 so, 2546 = A +0 so, A = 2546 in 2000, ie when x=2, enrollment was 2702 so, 2702 = 2546 +B*2 or, 2B = 2702 - 2546 or, B = 98 SO, E= 2546 +98x is the expression for enrollment In 2004, x=6 so, Enrollment = 2546 +98*6 = 3134