Two numbers are in the ratio 2:5. If 6 is subtracted from their sum, the result is 50. What is the larger number?
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Originally Posted by symmetry Two numbers are in the ratio 2:5. If 6 is subtracted from their sum, the result is 50. What is the larger number? Let the larger number be x and the smaller y. They are in the ratio 2:5 so: y/x=2/5. The second condition tell us that: x+y-6=50. From the first equation y=2x/5, which we substitute into the equation above: x+2x/5=50, or: 7x/5=50 7x=250 x=250/7. RonL
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