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in his will,mr.adams left 25% of his estate to his wife and unevenly divided the rest of the balance between his son and daughter.if the son received $36,000 as his share,what was the total value of the estate?

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    Try this equation with x representing the total value of the estate:

    .25x = x - 72,000

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    igot 45000 for an answer would that be correct?

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    How can it be $45,000 when we know that the son and daughter got a total of $72,000?

    Solve the equation.

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    ihave just tried to solve the problem and i got 90000

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    Good. You're closer. :-)

    .25x = x - 72,000
    72,000 = x - .25x
    72,000 = .75x
    72,000/.75 = .75x/.75
    96,000 = x

    To prove this answer, we can substitute 96,000 for x.

    Or we can apply it to the problem. Mrs. Adams received 25% of 96,000 or $24,000. Her children received a total of $72,000.
    24,000 + 72,000 = 96,000

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