# Thread: Neeed help with an algebra question

1. ## Neeed help with an algebra question

If person A and person B weigh 175 pounds together and Person B and person C weigh a combined total of 150 pounds. How much heavier is person B than person C?

That's what i got
that's what i got
a + b = 175
b + c = 150 ----> b = 150 - c

now we got these twp equations
a + b = 175 (1)
b = 150 - c (2)

Subbing (2) in to (1)

a + 150 - c = 175

a - c = 25

a = c + 25 (3)

Subbing (3) in to 1
c + 25 + b = 175

c + b = 150

b = 150 - c

This means B is 150 more than c

So i guess C is equal to 0

2. I'm afraid that this is a very ambiguous question...

$b = 150 - c$

This does not necessarily mean that b is 150 more than c, it actually says that b is 150 - c more than c. Just to prove it:

$150 - c + c = 150$

So, b is 150 - c more than c.

So, how much heavier b is depends on what c is.

3. I suspect there is a typo in this question. Perhaps it should say: How much heavier is person A than person C.

now we got these twp equations
a + b = 175 (1)
b = 150 - c (2)

Subbing (2) in to (1)

a + 150 - c = 175

a - c = 25

a = c + 25 (3)

Subbing (3) in to 1
c + 25 + b = 175

c + b = 150

b = 150 - c
Unfortunately, you have just gone round in a circle. You started off knowing that b = 150-c and then did all this work to deduce it again. This isn't a silly technique to use in a question like this, but you need as many equations as you have variables to start off with, otherwise you will be unable to solve completely.

b = 150 - c

This means B is 150 more than c

So i guess C is equal to 0
This does not mean that b is 150 more than c, as Aryth rightly pointed out. What it means is that b is c less than 150. To get an answer to this question you need to get something of the form b = c +x. You would then be able to write "b is x more than c". Unfortunately there is not enough information given to do this. Judging by your working I think you would be able to solve this if you had a question that worked.