math
posted by victoria .
a midwestern music competition awarded 32 ribbons. the number of blue ribbons awarded was 3 less than the number of white ribbons. the number of red ribbons was 2 more than the number of white ribbons. how many of each kind of ribbon was awarded?

make a let statement
letx=white ribbons
letx3= blue ribbons
letx+2=red ribbons
x+x+2+x3=32
solve