Posted by **victor** on Monday, May 26, 2008 at 2:57pm.

the larger of two numbers is 1 more than twice the smaller.the sum of the numbers is 20 less than three times the larger.find the numbers

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**Damon**, Monday, May 26, 2008 at 3:04pm
Look at my answer to Ulises a few lines down for hint.

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**Damon**, Monday, May 26, 2008 at 3:07pm
Ok, call big one b

call small one s

b = 1 + 2 s

b + s = 3 b - 20

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**Damon**, Monday, May 26, 2008 at 3:24pm
from the first equation you know that you can use the quantity (1 + 2 s) for b

so do that

1 + 2 s + s = 3 (1 + 2 s) - 20

or

1 + 3 s = 3 + 6 s - 20

solve that for s, then go back and find b

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