math
posted by Angie .
Suppose you have $28.00 in your bank account and start saving $18.25 every week. Your friend has $161.00 in his account and is withdrawing $15 every week. When will your account be the same?

let amount1 = 28  18.25w
let amount2 = 161  15w
so you want amount1 = amount2
28  18.25w = 161  15w
3.25w = 133
oops, a negative number of weeks ????
your question is bogus 
the answer is 4, you got your signs mixed up

your money = $28 + ($18.25 * each week)
the $28 is money that you already have in your bank account, and $18.25 how much it will increase by each week.
friend's money = $161  ($15 * each week)
the $161 is money your friend has in his bank account, and $15 is how much it will decrease by each week (which is why there is a minus sign)
you want to know which week you and your friend will have the same amount of money, so make your equations equal to one another.
let's call the week, say, "x".
$28 + $18.25x = $161  $15x
group your like terms:
$18.25x + $15x = $161  $28
$33.25x = $133
now solve for x:
x = $133 / $33.25
x = 4
therefore, your account balances will be the same in week 4.