SAT Math Multiple Choice Question 88: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 88

13. In the 1990s, the park rangers at Yellowstone National Park implemented a program aimed at increasing the dwindling coyote population in Montana. Results of studies of the coyote population in the park are shown in the scatterplot below.

Based on the line of best fit in the scatterplot above, which of the following is the closest to the average annual increase in coyotes in Yellowstone Park between 1995 and 2000 ?

  • A. 22
  • B. 24
  • C. 26
  • D. 28

Correct Answer: B

Explanation:

B According to the line of best fit, in 1995 there were 20 coyotes in the park. In 2000, there were 140 coyotes in the park. This is an increase of 120 coyotes over a period of 5 years, so = an average increase of 24 coyotes per year, which is (B).

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