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ginny1029
05-16-2009, 09:32 PM
the problem reads
The difference between two numbers is 16.
Three times the larger number is seven times the smaller.
What are the numbers

Would the set up be...
Let x = one number
Let y = the other number

x - y = 16
3x = 7y

there should also be a bracket on the left but I dont know how to do that on the internet.

Thanks!!!!

Subhotosh Khan
05-16-2009, 09:47 PM
the problem reads
The difference between two numbers is 16.
Three times the larger number is seven times the smaller.
What are the numbers

Would the set up be...
Let x = one number
Let y = the other number

x - y = 16.........(1)
3x = 7y............(2)

x - y = 16.........(1)
x = 16 + y ........(3)

Using this result (3) in (2)

3(16 + y) = 7y

48 + 3y = 7y

Solve for 'y' from above. Use that in (3) to solve for 'x'.

Finally use these values of 'x' and 'y' in (1) and (2) to check your result.

there should also be a bracket on the left but I dont know how to do that on the internet. <<< I am not sure what you are trying to say here.

Thanks!!!!