SOLUTION: hi please help me with this problem: The sum of two numers is -17. If one number is one less than three times the other, find the numbers.

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 Question 161314: hi please help me with this problem: The sum of two numers is -17. If one number is one less than three times the other, find the numbers.Answer by schrammbledeggs(41)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!x = number 1 y = number 2 x + y = -17 (equation from statement 1 of problem) x = 3y - 1 (equation from statement 2 of problem) Let's plug that value of x into the first equation... (3y - 1) + y = -17 4y - 1 = -17 4y - 1 + 1 = -17 + 1 4y = -16 y = -16/4 y = -4 Now that we have y we can find x... Plug that value of y into 1 of those equations (it doesn't matter which one) x + -4 = -17 x + -4 + 4 = -17 + 4 x = -13 So your numbers are -4 and -13 :)