The sum of two numbers is 64, and the larger number is 3 less than 3 times the smaller number.
Find the smaller number.
x = smaller number
3x  3 = larger number {large number is 3 less than 3 times the smaller number} x + 3x  3 = 64 {the sum of the two numbers is 64} 4x  3 = 64 {combined like terms} 4x = 67 {added 3 to each side} x = 16.75 {divided each side by 4} 16.75 is the smaller number By the way, 3x  3 {larger number} = 3(16.75)  3 {substituted 16.75, in for x, into 3x  3} = 50.25  3 {multiplied 3 by 16.75} = 47.25 {subtracted} 47.25 is the larger number Ask the House
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