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***PLEASE HELP*** Last year, Lien earned $1500 more than her husband. Together they earned $37,500. How much did each of them earn? ***I cant figure out the equation!***

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  1. anonymous
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    Husband's earnings = x Lien's earnings = x + 1500 x + (x+1500) = 37500

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    Alright, let's take it one step at a time :). Write your given in one side and RTF (required to find) in the other side and you'll have the following as given: 1) Let's let Lien be (L) 2) Husband be (H) Given: Lien has 1500 more than her husband, do we know how much her husband has? no , so we'll keep him as H , but we know that Lien has : L (has) = 1500 ( more) + (than her husband) H Now together they gained 37500 so : L + H = 37500 These are your equations , now you must link them to find how much did each get so you'll have : L = 1500 + H, substitute L in the other equation and you'll get: L + H = 37500 1500 + H + H= 37500 , now solve for H (husband) and you'll know how much he'll get so: H = 18,000, so the husband has $18,000 Now substitute this in the first equation to know how much Lien got so : L = 1500 + H L = 1500 + 18000 L = 19500 So Lien got , $19500 Do you understand what was going on now? ^_^

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