Posted by **Jade** on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:09pm.

This year, the sum of Mr. Bellini's age and his son's age is 38 years. 4 years ago, Mr. Bellini was 5 times as old as his son. How old is his son this year? How old is Mr. Bellini this year?

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**Jai**, Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:14pm
Let x = son's age

Let 38-x = Mr. Bellini's age (since the sum of their ages must be equal to 38)

Set up the equation using the the second statement:

(38 - x) - 4 = 5(x - 4)

Solving,

34 - x = 5x - 20

34 + 20 = 6x

54 = 6x

x = 9 years old (son's age)

38-x = 29 years old (Bellini's age)

Hope this helps~ :3

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**Jade**, Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:27pm
Thanks for your help Jai. ;)

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**Reiny**, Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:31pm
This question had been answered before

http://www.jiskha.com/display.cgi?id=1381278345

You should always check your previous post before reposting it again.

You made Jai do work which was not necessary.

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