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Translate each into a variable equation AND solve: The sum of two numbers is two. The difference between eight and twice the smaller number

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Translate each into a variable equation AND solve: The sum of two numbers is two. The difference between eight and twice the smaller number is two less than four times the larger. Find the two numbers.

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Let x be the smaller number and y be the larger.....so....

x + y  = 2    →   y  =  2 - x      (1)

" The difference between eight and twice the smaller number is two less than four times the larger"

translates as         [ 8 - 2x ]  + 2  =  4y   (2)

Put  (1)  into (2)   and we have that

[8 - 2x ] + 2  = 4 [ 2 - x ]      simplify

10 - 2x   =  8 - 4x           add 4x to both sides, subract 10 from both sides

2x  = -2                  divide both sides by 2

x  = -1

Sub this into (1)  to find y

y  =  2  - (-1)   =  2 + 1  =  3

CPhill  Oct 18, 2017
edited by CPhill  Oct 18, 2017

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