Paul had 3/4 as many toys as Clay. When Clay gave half of his toys to Paul, he had 24 fewer toys than his friend. How many toys did Clay have at first?
Call the number that Clay had at first = N
Then Paul had (3/4)N
After Caly gave half of his toys to Clay....Clay has N /2 and Paul has (3/4)N + N/2
And Paul has 24 more than Clay....so....
N/2 + 24 = (3/4)N + N/2 simplify (subtract N/2 from both sides)
24 = (3/4)N
24 (4/3) = N = 32 = the number that Clay had at first