Can you rewrite problems 1 and 2 please. For x squared write x^2. and for something divided by something write something/something. 'cause the forum right aligns everything, so its distorted and i really dont know what's going on.

For 3. though:

Let x be Brad's age. Then x - 3 is Janet's age. 2 years from now, Janet will be x - 3 + 2 = x - 1 = (8/9)(x + 2) = (8x + 16)/9

So the equation we want to solve is x - 1 = (8x + 16)/9.

=> 9x - 9 = 8x + 16

=> x = 25

So their ages now are, Brad: 25, Janet 22.