Peter had 4 times as many pencils as Tom. When Tom's sister gave him 48 more pencils,

he had 1/2 as many pencils as Peter.

(a) How many pencils did Tom have in the end?

(b) How many pencils did the boys have altogether in the end?

Guest Jun 22, 2022

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Let the number that Tom had = T

Then Peter had 4T

When tom got 48 pencils, Tom only had twice as many

So

2 *(T + 48) = 4T

2T + 96 = 4T

96 = 4T - 2T

96 = 2T

96/2 = T = 48

a ) Tom had 48 + 48 = 96 at the end

b ) Peter had 4 (48) = 192

Together, they had 96 + 192 = 288

credit to cphill

Guest Jun 24, 2022