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What does this question mean? The sum of 2 consecutive odd integers is 1472. Find the two integers.
It means that if add one odd number to the next odd number the total will be 1472
Let the first odd number = x
the next odd number will be =(x+2)
Add the two numbers:
x + (x+2) = 1472
Add the x's
2x + 2 = 1472
Subtract 2 from both sides
2x + 2 - 2 = 1472 - 2
2x = 1470
Divide both sides by 2
x = 735
the next odd number is two more: = 737
Add those two numbers and see if they add up to 1472.
735 + 737 = 1472, proves that x = 735
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