# math

posted by rebeca

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?

1. Ms. Sue

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

.25x = x - 72,000

2. rebeca

igot 45000 for an answer would that be correct?

3. Ms. Sue

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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4. rebeca

ihave just tried to solve the problem and i got 90000

5. Ms. Sue

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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