There are 158 students registered for American History classes. There are twice as many students registered in second period as first period. There are 10 less than three times as many students in third period as in first period. How many students are in each period?
You'll want to express the number of students in each of the periods as a function of the number of students in a reference period.
Let x be first period, y second periodand z third period
We know what y=2x and z=3x-10
Which you can then rewrite as a function of X
So first semester 28 students, second semester 56 students and third semester 74 students.