Elementary Algebra

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285194055
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-405-9

Chapter 3 - Equations and Problem Solving - 3.3 - More on Solving Equations and Problem Solving - Problem Set 3.3: 62

Answer

The smaller grade is 36. The larger grade is 99.

Work Step by Step

Let X represent the lowest grade. Since X is the lowest grade, three times the lowest grade means 3 $\times$ X = 3X. 9 points less than three times the lowest grade means 3X - 9 The sum of the two grades was 135, so we can set up the following equation: X + 3X - 9 = 135 4X - 9 = 135 Add 9 to both sides 4X = 144 Divide both sides by 4 X = 36 Since X = 36, 3X - 9 = 99
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