When a certain tree was first planted, it was 4 feet tall, and the heigth of the tree increased by a constant amount each year for the next 6 years. At the end of the 6th year, the tree was 1/5 taller than it was at the end of the 4th year. By how many feet did the height of the tree increased each year?

Guest Dec 16, 2019

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Let m be the constant amount (in feet) that it grows every year....so.....at the end of 4 years, the height is

[4 + 4m]

And at the end of the 6th year the height is 4 + 6m

And we know that

(1 + 1/5) [ 4 + 4m ] = 4 + 6m

(1.2) [ 4 + 4m ] = 4 + 6m

4.8 + 4.8m = 4 + 6m

4.8 - 4 = 6m - 4.8m

.8 = 1.2m divide both sides by 1.2

.8 / 1.2 = m = 8/12 = 2/3 ft = 8 inches per year

CPhill Dec 16, 2019