1. ## age related question

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In 5 years time father will be 3 times as old as his son. four years ago father was 6 times as old as his son.

Find their present age ?

Can anyone help me solve it if its correct

2. ## Re: age related question

Originally Posted by haftakhan
Is this question right or some information is missing in it ?

In 5 years time father will be 3 times as old as his son. four years ago father was 6 times as old as his son.

Find their present age ?

Can anyone help me solve it if its correct
let f = father's present age

s = son's present age

In 5 years time father will be 3 times as old as his son
f + 5 = 3(s + 5)

four years ago father was 6 times as old as his son
f - 4 = 6(s - 4)

yes, the system of equations has a unique solution.

3. ## Re: age related question

Originally Posted by haftakhan
Is this question right or some information is missing in it ?

In 5 years time father will be 3 times as old as his son. four years ago father was 6 times as old as his son.

Find their present age ?

Can anyone help me solve it if its correct
With these problems it's always good to write down what you know using variables. Let the father's age now be $x$ and the son's age now be $y$.
Now we can write a number of equations based on what we're told:

In 5 years time father will be 3 times as old as his son: $x+5 = 3(y+5)$

four years ago father was 6 times as old as his son: $x-4 = 6(y-4)$

You now have a pair of simultaneous equations in x and y so you can solve it. In this case it would be easier to use elimination by taking the second equation from the first

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