MATH PLEASE HELP!!!!!
posted by LIDIA on .
There are 36 buttons in a jar. There are 3 times as many red buttons as white. 1. how many white buttons are there? 2. how many red buttons are there? My answer is 6,am i right?

No. 6 isn't the answer to either question.
Let x = the number of white buttons.
x + 3x = 36 
Is it 12

Let's see. 3 times 12 = 36. That takes care of the red buttons. What about the white buttons?

w + 3w= 4w
36/4 my answer 9 white, 9red 
Oh, my. When I went to school, 9 + 9 equaled 18.
But your problem states there are three times as many red buttons as white buttons.
How about?
9 white buttons
27 red buttons 
thank you very much

You're very welcome.

20 is it correct?