The sum of two numbers is 2. They have a difference of -16. What are the 2 numbers??

**x = one number**

y = other number

y = other number

x + y = 2 {the sum of two numbers is 2}

x - y = -16 {they have a difference of -16}

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2x = -14 {added the two equations}

x = -7 {divided by 2}

x - y = -16 {second equation}

-7 - y = -16 {substituted -7, in for x, into second equation}

+7 +7

-y = -9 {added 7 to each side}

y = 9 {divided each side by -1}

**one number is -7**

other number is 9

other number is 9

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