# Each statement has 2 unknowns. Represent both in terms of x. Q: The sum of two numbers is 35. Please explain and help.

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The answer posted above uses two variables (unknowns), x and y to represent the two terms. I am giving below a method of representing both the terms using only one variable.

It is given that the sum of two numbers is 35.

Let first term of the two be represented by:

First term = x

We know:

(First term) + ( Second term) = 35

Substituting the value x for first term in above equation:

x + Second term = 35

Transferring x from left to the right hand side of equation, which is same as subtracting x from both side of the equation:

Second term = 35 - x

Thus the two unknowns, the first term and the second term are represented using just one (unknown) variable 'x'.

First term = x

Second term = 35 - x

Please note that x, representing the first term, can take any value, and based on value of x the value of second term will be determined.