Posted by Amy on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:23pm.
Word problem:
The sum of two numbers is 26.4. One number is five times the other number. Find the numbers.
It's probably:
x+y=26.4
x=5y
But, I could be wrong and I don't know where to go from there.

Algebra  Ms. Sue, Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:31pm
5y + y = 26.4
6y = 26.4
y = 26.4/6
y = 4.4
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Let's see if that's right.
4.4 + (5*4.4) = 26.4
4.4 + 22 = 26.4
Right!

Algebra  Amy, Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:35pm
thanks! that's really helpful

Algebra  Ms. Sue, Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:43pm
You're welcome.
Remember that you had the right start. :)
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