# SOLUTION: 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 e

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 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 youFound 2 solutions by mathtutor19, solver91311:Answer by mathtutor19(8)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!That is the right equation. 2/5X=16 Multiply both sides by the reciprocal of 2/5, which is 5/2. (5/2)•(2/5)X=16•(5/2) The 5/2 and the 2/5 cancel out so you are left with: X=16•(5/2) Then you multiply 16 and 5/2 to get 40 so the answer is: X=40 or there are 40 horses at the circus Answer by solver91311(16868)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website! "Is the equation 2/5x = 16?" Maybe. It depends on whether 2/5x = 16 means (the right way) or (the wrong way). (2/5)x = 16 translates to 2/(5x) = 16 translates to But 2/5x = 16 is ambiguous. Presuming you meant to write (2/5)x = 16, just multiply both sides by to solve. John My calculator said it, I believe it, that settles it