1985 AJHSME Problem 21


Mr. Green receives a $10\%$ raise every year. His salary after four such raises has gone up by what percent?

$\text{(A)}\ \text{less than }40\% \qquad \text{(B)}\ 40\% \qquad \text{(C)}\ 44\% \qquad \text{(D)}\ 45\% \qquad \text{(E)}\ \text{more than }45\%$


If Mr. Green's original salary is $100, then his salary after four raises is $(100)(1.1)^4 = 146.41.$ This is an increase of 46.41%, so the answer is $\text{(E)}\ \text{more than }45\%.$