1. ## Help with difficult math problem please

I forgot how to work problems like this. Please show me how to work it if you can.

Ryan makes $3.00 per hour more than Scott. If three times Ryan's rate plus four times Scott's rate is$65.00, then what is Ryan's hourly wage?

2. Originally Posted by Pax1
I forgot how to work problems like this. Please show me how to work it if you can.

Ryan makes $3.00 per hour more than Scott. If three times Ryan's rate plus four times Scott's rate is$65.00, then what is Ryan's hourly wage?
Let Ryan's wage be $r=(s+3)$, where $s$ is scott's wage.

Then $3(r)+4(s)=65$.

Can you take it from here?

3. Have a look at the substitution method on this page Simultaneous equations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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4. Another way to do that: Let "s" be Scott's hourly wage. Since "Ryan makes $3.00 per hour more than Scott", Ryan's hourly wage is s+ 3. Now "three times Ryan's rate plus four times Scott's rate is$65.00" becomes 3(s+3)+ 4s= 65 or 3s+ 9+ 4s= 7s+ 9= 65.

5. Hi Pax1,

I would make this a simple simultaneous equation with my working as follows:

(1) r = 3 + s Ryan makes $3.00 per hour more than Scott (2) 3r + 4s = 65 three times Ryan's rate plus four times Scott's rate is$65.00

Using the value of r in number (1) being 3 + s.... substitute this into (2)..

(2) 3r + 4s = 65 ........... 3 (3 + s) + 4s = 65 .......... 9 + 3s + 4s = 65 ......... 9 + 7s = 65 ......... 7s = 56 ..........s = 8

This means Scott makes $8 an hour Ryan makes$3 more than Scott per hour so Ryan makes $11. Always check that it fits into the equations given: (1) r = 3 + s ..............$11 = $3 +$8 correct

(2) 3r + 4s = 65 ......... 3($11) + 4($8) = $65 ............$33 + $32 =$65 correct.

Hope this helps to check against your working

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7. Originally Posted by Pax1
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8. Originally Posted by VonNemo19
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