John was asked how old he is. He said in 2 years I will be twice as old as I was 5 years ago.

I guessed 12, am I right?

I guessed 12, am I right?

**x = John's age now**

x + 2 = 2(x - 5) {in 2 years, he will be two times what he was 5 years ago}

x + 2 = 2x - 10 {used distributive property}

2 = x - 10 {subtracted x from each side}

x = 12 {added 10 to each side}

**John is 12**

*- Algebra House*