Question 358047: How do I write and solve an equation for: the number of elephants at the circus was 2/5 of the number of horses. If there were 16 elephants, how many horses were there?
Is the equation 2/5x = 16? How do I solve it?
Thank you Found 2 solutions by mathtutor19, solver91311:Answer by mathtutor19(8) (Show Source):
You can put this solution on YOUR website! That is the right equation.
Multiply both sides by the reciprocal of 2/5, which is 5/2.
The 5/2 and the 2/5 cancel out so you are left with:
Then you multiply 16 and 5/2 to get 40 so the answer is:
or there are 40 horses at the circus