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Marble Collection Fraction Problem

Date: 9/9/96 at 21:30:53
From: Anonymous
Subject: Tim and Danny's Marbles - Fraction Problem

3/4 of Tim's marble collection is the same size as 3/5 of Danny's 
collection.  If they have 180 marbles altogether, how many marbles 
must Danny give to Tim so that they will have the same number of 

Date: 9/11/96 at 12:15:6
From: Doctor Ana
Subject: Re: Tim and Danny's Marbles - Fraction Problem

This is definitely an algebra problem. I'm going to set it up and let 
you solve it.  Feel free to write back if you need help doing the 

First of all, let's call the number of marbles that Tim has x. We 
could call Danny's marbles x if we wanted to, it doesn't matter, but 
I'm going to call Tim's marbles x. We know that there are 180 marbles 
between the two of them, so we know that Danny will have 180 - x 

Now we can set up the equation. 3/4 of Tim's marbles is the same as 
3/4 * x, and 3/5 of Danny's marbles is the same as 3/5 * (180-x). 
So our equation is:

   3/4 * x = 3/5 * (180 - x)

To finish this problem, you can solve this equation for x, and that 
will tell you how many marbles Tim has. Then it will be easy to find 
out how many marbles Danny has, and from this you can figure out how 
many marbles Danny should give to Tim.

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