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one number is 6 more than another. If the sum of the smaller number and 3 times the larger number is 34, find the two numbers?

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  1. Let y be the larger number and x the smaller one.
    x + 6 = y
    Rewrite as
    -x + y = 6
    x + 3y = 34
    Add the last two equations:
    4y = 28
    Divide both sides by 4 to solve for y. Then x will be easy.

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