How heavy is a turkey that weighs 5 pounds less than another turkey that is three times the weight of the first turkey?

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- Dec 1st 2008, 08:46 AMbabyx0dolxsolve algebra word problem
How heavy is a turkey that weighs 5 pounds less than another turkey that is three times the weight of the first turkey?

- Dec 1st 2008, 08:51 AMChop Suey
Let a be the weight of the first turkey, b be the weight of the second turkey

- Dec 1st 2008, 08:53 AMInti
Turkey A weighs pounds.

Turkey B weighs pounds (since weghs 3 times the weight of turkey A.

Turkey A weighs 5 pounds less than turkey B, so

solving that equation you get both turkeyīs weight...(Wink) - Dec 1st 2008, 09:00 AMbabyx0dolxChop? reply back please!!!!!
so the answer is ...x= 3x-5..?

- Dec 1st 2008, 09:02 AMjanvdl
- Dec 1st 2008, 09:03 AMChop Suey
No, that's not the final answer. You have to solve for x.

- Dec 1st 2008, 09:03 AMInti
No, you have to find X from the equation.

Do you know how??

Nobody wants to tell you because itīs too easy... - Dec 1st 2008, 09:08 AMbabyx0dolx?
no i dnt knw how to do it im in 7th grade and i love math my teacher gave me this as a bonus question on a test knowing we hadnt learn this yet and now i really want to learn how to do it

- Dec 1st 2008, 09:16 AMInti
ok, so letīs do it....

Your turkey weighs 2 and a half pounds.

Itīs your teacher who should teach you that, not us. She gets paid for it, we donīt...(Rofl) - Dec 1st 2008, 09:17 AMjanvdl
- Dec 1st 2008, 09:20 AMInti
Hey, I was joking...

and the weight was a slip off

anyone could have it, sorry - Dec 1st 2008, 09:21 AMbabyx0dolx
okkkkk so the answer is the turkey is 5 and a half pounds or do i now need to take 3x-5+3x-x+2x+x? or what

- Dec 1st 2008, 09:21 AMjanvdl
- Dec 1st 2008, 09:22 AMjanvdl
- Dec 1st 2008, 09:26 AMInti
Exactly.

Teaching 1st degree equations must be one of the hardest things to do...

babyx0dolx, I made a little mistake and I edited my post: the answer is 5/2 pounds which is the same as two and a half pounds (2.5 pounds, if you like it).