# SOLUTION: The paint is 21 years newer that the brush. The paint is also one fourth as old as the brush. How old is each one?

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Age Word Problems Question 348737: The paint is 21 years newer that the brush. The paint is also one fourth as old as the brush. How old is each one?Answer by ptaylor(2058)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Let x=brush's age then x-21=paint's age So our equation to solve is: x-21=(1/4)x multiply each term by 4 4x-84=x subtract 4x from each side 4x-4x-84=-4x+x collect like terms -3x=-84 x=28 years old---age of the brush x-21=28-21=7 years old---age of the paint CK 28-7=21 21=21---ok (1/4)*28=7 7=7---ok Hope this helps------ptaylor