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February 23rd, 2018, 05:33 AM  #11 
Math Team Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 3,261 Thanks: 894 
Actually, if I were your teacher and you wrote "a = alex b = bryan c = calvin" I would have corrected you (though probably not deducting any points). The problem asks you to find the number of stamps each boy has. a, b, and c are numbers, not people. You should say "Let a be the number of stamps Alex has, b the number of stamps bryan had, and c the number of stamps Calvin has. I might also have pointed out that you should have used capital letters for the boy's names. 

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