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posted by Anonymous on .
do not know how to get answer on kathleen spent $30.50 on two shirts. One shirt cost $3.50 more than the other. How much did each shirt cost?How do you get the answer for X +X+3.50 = 30.50. Trying to explain how to get answer to a 5th grader.

Two of us gave you lengthy explanations.
http://www.jiskha.com/display.cgi?id=1352951303 
explanation for 5th grader without using variables ??
one shirt cost $3.50 more than the other
so if we reduced the cost of the the more expensive by $3.50, they would have cost the same.
But then we should reduce the total by 3.50
 30.50  3.50 = $27
since they now cost the same, we simply take half of 27 which is 13.5
check:
cheaper shirt  13.50
more expensive shirt 13.50+30.50 = 17
total cost = 13.50+17 = 30.50