# SOLUTION: John and Harvey sold widgets, Harvey sold 2 1/2 times as many widgets as John. If the difference in their sales was 87 units. How many widgets did each of them sell?

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Numbers Word Problems Question 4768: John and Harvey sold widgets, Harvey sold 2 1/2 times as many widgets as John. If the difference in their sales was 87 units. How many widgets did each of them sell?Answer by Abbey(339)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Let x = the number of widgets that John sold Let 2.5x= the number of widgets Harvey sold (2.5 times as many as John) the difference indicates a subtraction problem: 2.5x-x=87 Combine like terms: 1.5x=87 Divide both sides by 1.5: x=58 John sold 58 units, Harvey sold 145 units (2.5*58) 145-58=87 so this is correct.