# The larger of two numbers is 5 less than twice the smaller number. The sum of the two numbers is 28. How do you find the two numbers?

##### 1 Answer

Nov 8, 2016

The numbers are

#### Explanation:

This question can be answered by using either 1 or 2 variables.

I will opt for 1 variable, because the second can be written in terms of the first. Define the numbers and variable first:

Let the smaller number be

The larger is "5 less than double

The larger number is

The sum of the numbers is 28. Add them to get

The smaller number is

The larger is