# SOLUTION: ron has 63 books on 2 bookshelfs. the longer bookshelf has 5 more books than the shorter book shelf . how many book does the shorter bookshelf have?

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Evaluation Word Problems Question 77871: ron has 63 books on 2 bookshelfs. the longer bookshelf has 5 more books than the shorter book shelf . how many book does the shorter bookshelf have?Answer by ptaylor(2052)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Let x=number of books on shorter bookshelf Then x+5=number of books on longer bookshelf Now we are told that: x+x+5=63 subtract 5 from both sides x+x+5-5=63-5 collect like terms 2x=58 divide both sides by 2 x=29----------------------------number of books on shorter shelf-----ans x+5=29+5=34--------------------------number of books on longer shelf CK 29+34=63 63=63 also 29+5=34 34=34 Hope this helps----ptaylor