# Math

The sum of the ages of Monica and her mother is 70. Monica is 4 less than 1/2 her mother's age. Find their ages.

I've been trying to do this for the past 20 minutes. I think the question is wrong, but try for yourself. Help please!

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1. monica = m
mother = M

m+M = 70
m = 1/2 M - 4

m = 62/3
M = 148/3

while the solution is algebraically correct, it is a bit unusual for the typical age problem. There may well be a mistake in the question.

If their sum is 71, then the ages are 21 and 50.

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posted by Steve
2. But the problem says the sum of the ages is 70. And yeah, it is what you could call "unusual." It's really confusing.
I think that maybe the question was just typed wrong, and I'm going to ask about it on Tuesday. Thanks for the help, though! At least I know how to do the equation, at least.

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