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 Question from Annette, a student: Need to show all my work and round to the nearest dollar. If James received a $9\%$ raise and is now making $\$102.00$per year, what was his salary before the raise? Hi Annette, Suppose James was paid$\$85.00$ per year and he received a $9\%$ raise. What would his new salary be? How did you calculate it?

Suppose James was paid $\$S$per year and he received a$9\%$raise. What would his new salary be? You know the answer is$\$102.00.$ This gives you an equation containing $\$S.$Solve for$\$S.$