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In January of the year 2000, I was one more than eleven times as old as my son William. In January of

2009, I was seven more than three times as old as him. How old was my son in January of 2000?

Obviously, in "real life" you'd have walked up to my kid and and asked him how old he was, and he'd

have proudly held up three grubby fingers, but that won't help you on your homework. Here's how you'd

figure out his age for class:

First, name things and translate the English into math: Let "E " stand for my age in 2000, and let "W "

stand for William's age. Then E = 11W + 1 in the year 2000 (from "eleven times as much, plus another

one"). In the year 2009 (nine years after the year 2000), William and I will each be nine years older, so

our ages will be E + 9 and W + 9. Also, I was seven more than three times as old as William was, so

E + 9 = 3(W + 9) + 7 = 3W + 27 + 7 = 3W + 34. This gives you two equations, each having two

variables:

E = 11W + 1

E + 9 = 3W + 34

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you can proceed with those techniques.

Otherwise, you can use the first equation to

simplify the second: since E = 11W + 1, plug

"11W +

E + 9 = 3W + 34

(11W + 1) + 9 = 3W + 34

11W 3W = 34 9 1

8W = 24

W=3

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Remember that the problem did not ask for the value of the variable W; it asked for the age of a person.

So the answer is: William was three years old in January of 2000.

The important steps above were to set up the variables, labelling them all clearly with their definitions,

and then to increment the variables by the required amount (in this case, by 9) to reflect the passage of

time. Don't try to use the same expression to stand for two different things. If "E " stands for my age in

2000, then "E " can not also stand for my age in 2009. Make sure that you are very explicit about this

when you set up your equations; write down the two sets of information (our ages at the first time, and

then our ages at the second time) as two distinct situations.

In three more years, Miguel's grandfather will be six times as old as Miguel was last

year. When Miguel's present age is added to his grandfather's present age, the total is

This exercise refers not only to their present ages, but also to both their ages last year and their

ages in three years, so labelling will be very important. I will label Miguel's present age as "m "

and his grandfather's present age as "g". Then m

His grandfather's age "in three more years" will be g + 3. The grandfather's "age three years from

now" is six times Miguel's "age last year" or, in math:

g + 3 = 6(m 1)

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m + g = 68

g + 3 = 6(m 1)

Solving the first equation, I get m = 68 g. (Note: It's okay to solve for "g = 68 m ", too. The

problem will work out a bit differently in the middle, but the answer will be the same at the end.)

I'll plug "68 g" into the second equation in place of "m ":

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g + 3 = 6m 6

g + 3 = 6(68 g) 6

g + 3 = 408 6g 6

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g + 3 = 402 6g

g + 6g = 402 3

7g = 399

g = 57

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Since "g" stands for the grandfather's current age, then the grandfather is 57 years old. Since

One-half of Heather's age two years from now plus one-third of her age three years ago

is twenty years. How old is she now?

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This problem refers to Heather's age two years in the future and three years in the past. So I'll

pick a variable and label everything clearly:

age now:

H+2

age three years ago: H 3

age two years from now:

one-half of age two years from now:

one-third of age three years ago:

The sum of these two numbers is twenty, so I'll add them and set this equal to 20:

H/ + 1 + H/

2

3

H/ + H/ = 20

2

3

1 = 20

3H + 2H = 120

5H = 120

H = 24

Heather is 24 years old.

Note: Remember that you can always check your answer to any "solving" exercise by plugging that

answer back into the original problem. If Heather is 24 now, then she will be 26 in two years, half of

which is 13, and she was

solution works.

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