1988 AHSME Problems/Problem 11

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On each horizontal line in the figure below, the five large dots indicate the populations of cities $A, B, C, D$ and $E$ in the year indicated. Which city had the greatest percentage increase in population from $1970$ to $1980$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ A\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ B\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ C\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ D\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ E$


We simply have to divide the present population by the original, and whichever one is the largest have the greatest percent change. City $\text{A}$ is $\frac{50}{40}=1.25$. City $\text{B}$ is $\frac{70}{50}=1.4$. City $\text{C}$ is $\frac{100}{70} \approx 1.42$. City $\text{D}$ is $\frac{130}{100}=1.3$. City $\text{E}$ is $\frac{160}{120} \approx 1.33$. City $\text{C}$ has the greatest value, so the answer is $\boxed{\text{C}}$.

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1988 AHSME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 10
Followed by
Problem 12
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