1. ## Algebraic word problem

Okay so I know forums are generally really good at flaming and spamming people who post things in the wrong forum or break code etc but I'm kinda in a hurry so I'm sorry in advance if I posted this in the wrong place. All I need is someone could help me figure out what the correct equation for this word problem is so I can solve it. Also if you could explain why that is the equation it would help alot more.

"Adults' tickets to a play cost $5, and students' tickets cost$2. If 295 tickets were sold and the total receipts were $950, how many students tickets were sold?" 2. Let x denote the number of adult tickets sold, y denote the number of student tickets sold. Therefore, x + y = 295 The total receipts is$950, and since adult tickets are sold for $5 and student tickets are sold for$2:

5x + 2y = 950

Solve both equations simultaneously to find x and y.

Okay so I know forums are generally really good at flaming and spamming people who post things in the wrong forum or break code
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3. Originally Posted by Chop Suey
Solve both equations simultaneously to find x and y.
I'm not sure I know what you mean by that...

Originally Posted by Chop Suey
Flaming and spamming are against the Forum Rules.
Good to hear.

4. $5y +2x = 950$

$x + y = 295$

using subsitution,

first make x the subject for the second formula so you have $x = 295-y$.

subsitute this in for x into your first equation, which gives $5y + 2(295-y) = 950$

than just expand, simplify and solve for y
$5y + 590 -2y= 950$

$3y + 590= 950$

$3y = 360$

$y = 120$

now you know what y equals you can find the value of x by substitutin the value of y into any of your equations,

$x + 120 = 295$

$x = 175$

5. Originally Posted by SkateBaker
I'm not sure I know what you mean by that...

Good to hear.