# How to solve algebra problem in a simple way

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by tj25

2015-08-29T15:36:46+08:00
Algebra's the easiest dear why ask for a simple one. What topic?
it's still the same here i'll give you a shot
Brenda is 4 years older than Walter, and Carol is twice as old
as Brenda. Three years ago, the sum of their ages was 35.
How old is each now?

x = Walter's age now
x + 4 = Brenda's age now {Brenda is 4 yrs older than Walter}
2(x + 4) = 2x + 8 = Carol's age now {Carol is twice as old as Brenda, used distributive property}

x - 3 = Walter's age 3 years ago {subtracted 3 from x}
x + 1 = Brenda's age 3 years ago {subtracted 3 from x + 4}
2x + 5 = Carol's age 3 years ago {subtracted 3 from 2x + 8}
(x - 3) + (x + 1) + (2x + 5) = 35 {sum of ages, 3 years ago, was 35}
x - 3 + x + 1 + 2x + 5 = 35 {took out parentheses}
4x + 3 = 35 {combined like terms}
4x = 32 {subtracted 3 from both sides}
x = 8 = Walter now {divided both sides by 4}
x + 4 = 12 = Brenda now {substituted 8, in for x, into x + 4}
2(x + 4) = 24 = Carol now {substituted 8, in for x, into 2(x + 4)}

Walter is 8 now
Brenda is 12 now
Carol is 24 now
You just need to analyze first, take down the possible given
thank you