Ruth hit 59. Maris hit 61.
Work Step by Step
Let $x$ be the number hit by Ruth. The lnumber hit by Maris is $x+2$. The sum of the home runs hit by both is represented by the equation: $x+x+2=120$ Solve for x. Combine like terms. $2x+2=120$ Use the addition property of equality to subtract 2 from each side of the equation. $2x+2-2=120-2$ Simplify. $2x=118$ Use the multiplication property of equality to divide both sides of the equation by 2. $2x\div2=118\div2$ Simplify. $x=59$ Find the number hit by Maris. $x+2=59+2=61$