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Rate of Growth for a Winning Prize Check

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In 1985, the first U.S. Open Golf Championship was held. The winner's prize money was $150. In 2006, the winner's check was $1,170,000. What was the percentage increase in the winner's check over this period? If the winner's prize increases at the same rate, what will it be in 2040?

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We need to calculate the annual growth rate. The initial amount is $150, final amount is $1,170,000 and the time period is 21 years (1985 to 2006).
We use the compound interest formula to ...

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The solution explains how to calculate the rate of growth and use that to forecast the amount in future.