A total of 478 tickets were sold for the school play. They were either adult tickets or student tickets. There were 72 fewer student tickets sold than adult tickets. How many adult tickets were sold?
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s + a = 478
we know that s = a -72
plug that into the original equation
a - 72 + a = 478
add 72 to both sides
a + a = 550
2a = 550
a = 275
so there were 275 adult tickets
275 + s = 478
s = 203
is 203 ...72 fewer than 275? yes it is indeed so those are your answers
s = 203 and a = 275
and yes s = student
a = adult
no problem....but do you understand the logic behind it? setting up 2 equations...solving for 1....plugging it into the other..solving for the other...and checking?