In a box there are apples, bananas, and oranges. There are 29 total pieces of fruit. There are twice as many

apples as oranges. There are 3 more oranges than bananas. How many oranges are in the box?

apples as oranges. There are 3 more oranges than bananas. How many oranges are in the box?

x = number of bananasx + 3 = number of oranges 2(x + 3) = number of apples x + x + 3 + 2(x + 3) = 29 {there are 29 total pieces of fruit} x + x + 3 + 2x + 6 = 29 {used distributive property} 4x + 9 = 29 {combined like terms} 4x = 20 {subtracted 9 from each side} x = 5 {divided each side by 4} x + 3 = 8 {substituted 5, in for x, into x + 3} there are 8 oranges in the boxAsk the House |