I know these suck but?

The words are confusing me, nooo! "Find two consecutive even integers such that the sum of the larger and twice the smaller is 62" I get the concept but what is with that wording?

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  • It's 20 and 22.

    I think a lot of word problems are purposely worded to be confusing as to make the problem seem more difficult than it is.

    Or maybe it is to torture high school kids.

    I was thinking on how to word the problem to sound easier, but it's a convoluted problem as is and is nothing that you would ever use in a real life scenario. Maybe this:

    Larry, Moe, and Curly all have money. Larry and Moe have the same amount, an even integer. Curly has two dollars more than Larry and Moe. They have $62 total. How much does each one have?


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  • Forget about the even part for now. You can check that later.

    So you have two consecutive even integers

    Make the smaller number = X
    So the larger number = X+2

    Sum of the larger plus twice the smaller = 62

    (X+2) + 2X = 62

    Solve for X. Start by reducing the left side.

    X+2 + 2X = 62
    3X + 2 = 62
    3X = 60
    X = 20
    X+2 = 22

    So your two numbers are 20 and 22 which are both even numbers

  • (x+2)+2x = 62. So 3x + 2 = 62. And by subtraction, you get 3x = 60. Divide by 3 and you get x= 20. Therefore, the small number is 20 and the large is 22.

    This is algebra. I suggest a tutor if you have further difficulty.


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