## Algebra: A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

We know that the habanero pepper is 577 thousand Scoville units, and that the Naga Jolokia pepper is 48% hotter than the habanero. This is mathematically represented by the equation: $\frac{x - 577}{577}$ = 0.48, where x is equal to the Scoville units of the Naga Jolokia pepper. To solve for x, multiply 0.48 $\times$ 577, then add 577, and you get 853.96. The problem says to round to the nearest thousand, so the answer comes out to be 854 thousand Scoville units.