8x = 5(26-x)
solve for x
a thief steals a number of rare plants from a nursery, on the way out the thief meets three security guards, one after another, to each security guard, the thief is forced to give one-half the plants that he still has, plus 2 more, the theif is left with one plant, how many plants were originally stolen?
so this is how i set it up:
and i get zero which is wrong
Your equation makes no sense to me
Look at it this way :
suppose he stole x plants
after passing the first guard he has left:
.5x - 2
after passing the second guard he has left:
after passing the third guard he has left:
.5[.5(.5x-2)-2] - 2
but this equals 1, so
.5[.5(.5x-2)-2] - 2 = 1
solving this I got x=36
to the first guard he gives 18+2, leaving him with 16
to the second guard he gives 8+2, leaving him with 6
to the third guard he gives 3+2, leaving with with 1
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