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Date: 5/30/96 at 1:49:34
From: Eric Liu
Subject: How long is the tour?

Hi! This is Cristian. I have two math questions:

1. A tour to China is twice as long as a tour to Thailand. If both
tours last 5 weeks and 1 day altogether, how long is the tour to
China?

2. The total of the ages of Janet and Pam is 21 years and 1 month. If
Janet is 7 months older than Pam, how old is Pam?

Thank you very much.
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Date: 6/5/96 at 18:9:44
From: Doctor Jodi
Subject: Re: How long is the tour?

Hi there!  Thanks for your questions!

Let's say that the tour to Thailand lasts  x days.  Then the tour to
China lasts twice as long, 2x.

Now, since there are 7 days in a week, together the tours last
(5 weeks * 7 days/week) + 1 = 36 days

The tours last

36 days = 2x     +    x
China       Thailand

Does this make sense so far?

Now, 2x + x = 3x, so we can rewrite this as

36 = 3x

Now we divide each side by 3 to get

36    3x
--  = --
3     3

which we can rewrite as

12 = x

Now we have to go back up to our list to remind ourselves that x
stands for the number of days in Thailand.  But we are looking for the
number of days spent in China, which is 2x or 24.  So the answer is 24
days. Does that make sense?

The next problem is similar so I'll just get you started on it:

Pam = x months
Janet = x + 7 months

Total age =
21 years + 1 month =
(21 years * 12 months/year) + 1 month = 253 months

253 = x + x + 7

Can you finish this problem?  Let us know if you need more help.

-Doctor Jodi,  The Math Forum
Check out our web site!  http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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