# The sum of two numbers is 44. If the larger number is two less than three times the smaller number, find the numbers.

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hcteach | Certified Educator

Lets say the numbers are x and y. The two equations are:

x+y=44

x= 3y-2

Next you use substitution for x in the first equation which brings you to 3y-2 + y = 44 which simplyfies to:

4y - 2 = 44

4y = 46

**y = 11.5**

Then you plug back y=11.5 in either of the equation to solve for x:

x = 3y - 2

x = 3(11.5) - 2

**x = 32.5**

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atyourservice | Student

The sum of two numbers is 44. If the larger number is two less than three times the smaller number, find the numbers.

x+y=44

and

y=3x-2

plug in the numbers as y in the first problem:

x + 3x - 2 =44

combine like terms

x + 3x = 44 + 2

4x = 46

divide by 4

x = 11.5