# Solving Word Problems with Variables on Both Sides

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Solving Word Problems with Variables on Both Sides

Pedro and Maria each opened savings accounts on the same day, intending to withdraw the money for weekly expenses. Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew \$35 per week. Maria opened her account with \$570 and withdrew \$25 weekly. In how many weeks will their accounts be equal. The first sentence doesn’t have any relevant information, so cross it out.

Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew \$35 per week
Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew \$35 per week. Maria opened her account with \$570 and withdrew \$25 weekly. In how many will their accounts be equal. What is the question asking for? If we don’t know something what do we call it? weeks x

Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew. per week
Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew per week. Maria opened her account with \$570 and withdrew weekly. In how many weeks will their accounts be equal. What numbers go with x (weeks)? We have two numbers that go with x, therefore we have two equations. When we have 2 equations we set them equal to each other \$35 \$25

Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew \$35 per week
Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew \$35 per week. Maria opened her account with \$570 and withdrew \$25 weekly. In how many weeks will their accounts be equal. The question asks when they will be equal, so we use an equals sign Replace the first m with \$35 and the second m with \$25 25 m x + b 35 m x + b =

Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew \$35 per week
Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew \$35 per week. Maria opened her account with \$570 and withdrew \$25 weekly. In how many weeks will their accounts be equal. They are both taking money away from their account, so both values of m have to be negative We then replace the b on Pedro’s equation with \$710 and Maria’s with \$570 - - 25 x + 570 + b 35 x +710 + b =

We now have an equation we can solve for!
Add 35x to both sides Subtract 570 from both sides Divide by 10 -35x + 710 140 x = -25x 10x + 570 +35x x

Pedro and Maria each opened savings accounts on the same day, intending to withdraw the money for weekly expenses. Pedro opened his account with \$710 and withdrew \$35 per week. Maria opened her account with \$570 and withdrew \$25 weekly. In how many weeks will their accounts be equal. x = weeks, so in 14 weeks their accounts will be equal 14 = x

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