Four times the number of apples is five less than three times the number of pears. If there are 32 pieces of fruit in all, how many are pears?
p = the number of pears
32  p = number of apples {there are 32 pieces of fruit} 4(32  p) = 3p  5 {four times apples is five less than three times the pears} 128  4p = 3p  5 {used distributive property} 7p = 133 {added 4p and 5 to each side} p = 19 {divided each side by 7} There are 19.pears Ask the House
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