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To solve a number problem,you must know how to translate word phrases to mathematical phrases like 5 less twice a number(5-2x) and know the properties of equalities.If you already know that,you can now solve a number problem Example of a number problem: The sum of two numbers is 60.The larger number is four times the smaller number.Find the number. The sum of two numbers is 60. x+y The larger number is four times the smaller number. y=4x The smaller number is x and the larger number is y which is four times the x x+4x=60 add 4x and x 5x=60 divide 60 by 5(5x will be 5) x=12 the smaller is number is 12 4x 4(12) the larger number is four times the smaller number which is 12 y=48 To find out if the answer is correct,answer the equation and must be equal with 60 x+y=60 (12)+(48)=60 60=60 So x=12 and y=48 is the final answer
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