Solving Problems Involving Proportions

The Track Team

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The Track Team

There are 78 girls on the track team. This is 5 more than the number of boys on the team. How many boys are on the track team?

  • Choose a variable to represent what you want to find out.
  • Write an equation that you can use to solve the problem.
  • Solve the equation.
  • Think about your answer. Does it make sense? Explain.

Hint:

Let b = the number of boys on the team. What expression has the same value as 78?

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