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Nancy's team made four fewer than twice the number produced by Jim's team. How many chips did each team produce on Monday?

 
On Monday, two computer chip manufacturing teams produced a total of 80 chips.
Nancy's team made four fewer than twice the number produced by Jim's team. How many chips did each team produce on monday?
 
 
 
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Hi Again Annie;
You ask great questions.  Keep these coming!
The lower quantity was made by Jim's team.  Therefore, in my opinion, it would be easiest to have his domain represented as x, although other Wyzants may disagree with me.
 
x=quantity of chips made by Jim's team.
2x-4=quantity of chips made by Nancy's team.
 
Therefore
(2x-4)+x=80
Let's simplify...
3x-4=80
Let's isolate x...
Let's add 4 to both sides...
4+3x-4=80+4
3x=84
Let's divide both sides by 3...
(3x)/3=84/3
x=28=Jim's team
2x-4=2(28)-4=52
 
Let's check our results...
Does 28+52=80....Yes!