I honestly don't understand how to solve linear word problems... Can someone help me solve one?

I honestly don't understand how to solve linear word problems... Can someone help me solve one?

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I honestly don't understand how to solve linear word problems.. Here's the quesion: 1a. ) The Peanut gallery made a profit of $16,450 in 2002, and a profit of $21,340 in 2005. Assume that the profit followed a linear pattern. Write an equation that gives the profit, y, in terms of the year, x. Let x=0 correspond to 2000. Equation: 1b.) What was the profit in 2008 1c.) In what year would the profit be $31, 120 in the trend continued? Please show explanations & work. I really..don't understand this. (I obviously know the basics- solving equations, finding slope from an equation, y=mx + b, etc.)

ok, so you know the generic linear equation y=mx+b, and you also know that y=profit, x = year (where x=0 corresponds to year 2000), also, you are given enough data to set up two linear equation of the form y=mx+b. can you try to set up two equations?

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