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**TKHunny** 1) Relax

2) Stop, Breathe

3) Think throug each problem ONE STEP AT A TIME.

4) WRITE DOWN more than you think you need.

Let's try the first one.

Rule #1 - Name Stuff

Reading the problem, we're going to need to know the price of Apples and the Price of Bananas and the Price of Pears.

A = Price of 1 Apple

B = Price of 1 Banana

P = Price of 1 Pear

That's it!

Read and Translate.

"Five apples and six bananas together cost as much as 8 bananas and 9 pears"

5A + 5B = 8B + 9P

"one apple cost as much as 2 pears "

A = 2P

"for the same price as 1 pear, how many bananas could be bought?"

P = xB

Your task is to solve for x.

Let's see what you get.