Problem: The difference between two numbers is 13. Twice the smaller plus three times the larger is 129.
Answer:
I have several questions breaking down this problem:
1) How do you know which one is the smaller number in the expression above? Do you just assign and compare quantities?
2) Why does it read when the text states the difference between two numbers is 13?
Thanks for helping me understand this better.
In other words, how the problem is phrased is how we phrase the question.
"The difference between two numbers is 13"
Next Phrase. "Twice the smaller plus three times the larger is 129."
= smaller number
PLUS
= larger number
In other words, the only reason I know to do small number + larger number, is due to the phrase above. Is this logic correct?