# Simple word problem

• April 30th 2010, 10:08 AM
shelbylynn
Simple word problem
Mrs. Schmidt is 5 times as old as Cindy. If Mrs. Schmidt is 35, how old is Cindy?
• April 30th 2010, 10:10 AM
shenanigans87
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Originally Posted by shelbylynn
Mrs. Schmidt is 5 times as old as Cindy. If Mrs. Schmidt is 35, how old is Cindy?

You really should start trying to think of these formulas on your own, it will help you in the long run.

Let Cindy's age be $x$. Then

Cindy's Age x 5 = Mr. Schmidt's Age

So

$5x=35$

$x=\frac{35}{5}$

$x=7$

Cindy is 7 years old.