A garden table and a bench cost 685 dollars combined. The garden table costs 35 dollars more than the bench. What is the cost of the bench?
We can use a system of equations. Let t be the cost of the table and b be the cost of the bench.
cost is 685 combined ==> t + b = 685
table costs 35 more than bench ==> t = b + 35
Substitute the second equation into the first.
(b + 35) + b = 685
2b + 35 = 685
b = 325