Posted by Anonymous on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 4:27pm.
In 5 years time I will be 3 times as old as my son. In 14 years time, the sum of our ages will be 62. Today the sum of our ages is

Algebra 1  Steve, Monday, August 27, 2012 at 4:42pm
Me: m
Son: s
You can answer the question without knowing either age:
In 14 years, I will be m+14, and son will be s+14
m+14 + s+14 = 62
m+s = 34
However, I think they wanted you to solve two simultaneous equations:
m+5 = 3(s+5)
m+14 + s+14 = 62
m=28, s=6
check: 28+5 = 33 = 3(6+5)