# SOLUTION: mrs.montez is 20 years older than Mrs. cooke sixteen years ago, mrs.montez was 3 times as old as mrs. cooke was then. how old are mrs.montez and mrs. cooke now?

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 Question 300708: mrs.montez is 20 years older than Mrs. cooke sixteen years ago, mrs.montez was 3 times as old as mrs. cooke was then. how old are mrs.montez and mrs. cooke now?Answer by mananth(12270)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!mrs.montez is 20 years older than Mrs. cooke. sixteen years ago mrs.montez was 3 times as old as mrs. cooke was then. how old are mrs.montez and mrs. cooke now? let Mrs. cooke's age be x now mrs. montez's age will be x+20 16 years ago their ages were x-16 and (x+20)-16 Mrs. montez was 3 times mrs. cooke's age then 3(x-16) = (x+20)-16 3x-48 =x+20-16 3x-x = 48+20-16 2x=52 x=26 that is cooke's age now Mrs montez's age will be x+20 = 26+20 = 46 years