Devin and Marissa are both the same age.
Devin multiplied his age by five, subtracted three then multiplied the answer by three.
Marissa multiplied her age by fourteen then added three
Devin and Marissa arrived at the same answer as each other.
How old are Devin and Marissa?
Topics: Starter  Algebra  Simultaneous Equations
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Let Devin and Marissa be x years old.
3(5x  3) = 14x + 3
15x  9 = 14x + 3
x = 12
Devin and Marissa are both twelve years old.
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