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June 11th, 2019, 08:35 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jun 2019 From: Ralaigh Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Shopping Word Problem
How would I solve the following? 1 ) a b c d e went shopping 2 ) each had a whole dollar amount to spend 3 ) together they had 56 dollars 4 ) The absolute difference between what a and b had to spend was 19 5 ) The absolute difference between what b and c had to spend was 7 6 ) The absolute difference between what c and d had to spend was 5 7 ) The absolute difference between what d and e had to spend was 4 8 ) The absolute difference between what e and a had to spend was 11 9 ) How much did each have to spend? I used a spreadsheet to find the solution, but wanted to know the algebra way: a 21 b 2 c 9 d 14 e 10 Last edited by skipjack; June 11th, 2019 at 11:58 AM. 
June 11th, 2019, 06:37 PM  #2 
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