## Question

###### The minimum wage in 2003 was $5.15 this was w more than the minimum wage in 1996, how do you write an expression for the minimum wage in 1996?

The minimum wage in 2003 was $5.15 this was w more than the minimum wage in 1996, how do you write an expression for the minimum wage in 1996?

## Answers

The minimum wage in 1996 can be expressed as

#$5.50 - w# ## Explanation:

The problem states that the minimum wage in 1996 was less than it was in 2003.

How much less? The problem specifies that it was

#w# dollars less.So you can come up with an expression to show that.

2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

#$5.50# #larr# minimum wage in 2003

#w# less than that . . .#($5.50 - w)# #larr# minimum wage in 1996So the answer is

The minimum wage in 1996 can be written as#($5.50 - w)#

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