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1. Howdy .

I am stuck on the below question.

Amy is x years old.
Patel is 5 years older than Amy.
Next year Patel will be twice as old as Amy.
How old is Amy now.

2(x + 1) = x + 6
2x + 2 = x +6
x = 4

Is it....
Amy would be x and Patel would be x + 5

So after a year has passed you add one to the x and one to the 'x+5'. I'm still having trouble explaining the answer. Could someone help me out please?

Thanks
2. (Original post by makin)
Howdy .

I am stuck on the below question.

Amy is x years old.
Patel is 5 years older than Amy.
Next year Patel will be twice as old as Amy.
How old is Amy now.

2(x + 1) = x + 6
2x + 2 = x +6
x = 4

Amy is years old. Patel is years old. Fast forward one year, we have Amy being years old, and Patel being years old.

Patel is now twice as old as Amy, so 2*(Amy's age) = (Patel's age) hence
3. (Original post by makin)
Howdy .

I am stuck on the below question.

Amy is x years old.
Patel is 5 years older than Amy.
Next year Patel will be twice as old as Amy.
How old is Amy now.

2(x + 1) = x + 6
2x + 2 = x +6
x = 4

Is it....
Amy would be x and Patel would be x + 5

So after a year has passed you add one to the x and one to the 'x+5'. I'm still having trouble explaining the answer. Could someone help me out please?

Thanks
You was on the right track. Amy is x years old and Patel x + 5, that means she is five years older than Amy. Next year, both are a year older, so Amy has x + 1 and Patel x + 6 by adding (what you thought). Furthermore Patel is twice older in this coming year, so you multiply Amy's age by two, That leads to the equation above:

2*(x + 1) = x + 6

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