How many pears are there, if four times the number of apples is 5 less than the number of pears? The total fruit is 32.
p = number of pears
32  p = number of apples {there are 32 pieces of fruit} 4(32  p) = p  5 {four times the number of apples is 5 less than the number of pears} 128  4p = p  5 {used distributive property} 5p = 133 {subtracted p and 128 from each side} p = 26.6 {divided each side by 5} 32  p = 5.4 {substituted 26.6, in for p, into (32  p)} There are 26.6 pears and there are 5.4 apples. Apparently, you typed the question wrong, or a knife is being used to cut the pears and apples! Ask Algebra House
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