# Thread: Word Problem Equation Help

1. ## Word Problem Equation Help

Hi. I have an equation problem I need some help with, it has me stumped and I am sure it is something very simple. The problem is:

A number, twice that number and one-fifth of that number are added. The result is 16, what is the number?

I tried and came up with the figure below, which is definitely wrong because the answer just doesn't fit.

n + 2x + (1/5)x = 16

3x + (1/5)x = 16

(3 1/2)x = 16

x=(16)(2/7)

x=4.6

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

2. Originally Posted by dclary
Hi. I have an equation problem I need some help with, it has me stumped and I am sure it is something very simple. The problem is:

A number, twice that number and one-fifth of that number are added. The result is 16, what is the number?

I tried and came up with the figure below, which is definitely wrong because the answer just doesn't fit.

x + 2x + (1/5)x = 16

3x + (1/5)x = 16

(16/5)x = 16

Try that, your fraction addition was a little off

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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3. Thank you very much, I knew I was doing something wrong. Thanks again and have a good evening.

Take care,
Diana

4. Originally Posted by dclary
Thank you very much, I knew I was doing something wrong. Thanks again and have a good evening.

Take care,
Diana
No problem