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anonymous
 5 years ago
find two consecutive odd numbers such that the sum of three sevenths of the first numberand one third of the second numberis equal to 38
anonymous
 5 years ago
find two consecutive odd numbers such that the sum of three sevenths of the first numberand one third of the second numberis equal to 38

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shadowfiend
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0So you want \(\frac{3}{7}x + \frac{1}{3}y = 38\), where x and y are consecutive odd numbers. The fact that they are consecutive odd numbers means that the relationship between the two can be described as \(x = y + 2\) (or vice versa). That means you have: $$ x = y + 2 $$ $$ \frac{3}{7}x + \frac{1}{3}y = 38 $$ Can you figure out how to solve this using systems of equations?

sandra
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0hmmm, well in this question you have two unknowns, the first number and the second number

sandra
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0(let's call them x and y). according to the second part of your prompt, we know 3x/7 + y/3 = 38  that's what shadowfiend wrote too

sandra
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0now, given that the numbers are consecutive, odd numbers, you have another equation you can write too

sandra
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0since all consecutive odd numbers are two numbers apart (since every other number is even), you know the second number (y) is y = x + 2

sandra
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0if you substitute that in for y in the first equation, you should have the answer

sandra
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0or rather, you'll be able to solve for x

sandra
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0and then consequently you'll be able to get y (by substituting the actual value of x into either equation)

sandra
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0yep no problem, the good thing is once you think you've solved these, they're easy to check, since you just put the numbers back into your equations and make sure the statements are true

shadowfiend
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Thanks for covering, sandra, great explanation :)
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