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(Modeling) Master's Degrees During the period 1977-2017, the numbers of master's degrees awarded to both males and females grew. If $$x = 0$$ represents $$1977$$ and $$x = 40$$ represents 2017, the number of master's degrees earned (in thousands) are closely modeled by the following system. $$y = 3.860 x + 171.5$$ Males $$y = 8.200 x + 149.8$$ Females
$$1982 ; 191 \text { thousand master's degrees }$$