Example 2

The principal at Park High School records the total number of students each year. The following table shows the number of students for each of the last 8 years. Create a scatter plot showing the relationship between the year and the total number of students. Show that the function is a good estimate for the relationship between the year and the population. Approximately how many students will attend the high school in year 9?
  1. Plot each point on the coordinate plane.
  2. Graph the given function on the coordinate plane.
  3. Compare the graph of the function to the scatter plot of the data.
  4. Use the equation to answer the question.
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