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May and Bill took 49 hours to complete their History project. They worked separately on their own project. If May had worked 5 hours less and Bill had worked 6 hours more, May would have put in 2 hours more than Bill. How many hours did May put in for the History project?

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    m+b = 49
    (m-5) = 2 + (b+6)

    m + b = 45
    m - b = 13

    2m = 58
    m = 29
    so, b=16

    If May had worked 5 hours less (24), and Bill had worked 6 hours more (22), she'd have put in 2 more hours than Bill.

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    gotta watch those typos.


    m + b = 49
    m - b = 13

    2m = 62
    m = 31
    so, b=18

    If May had worked 5 hours less (26), and Bill had worked 6 hours more (24), she'd have put in 2 more hours than Bill.

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    Thank you, Steve! Appreciate your help.

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