You most use a system of two equations in two variables. I need help please.

Hi Alexander;

x...smaller number

x+16...larger number

5x=[2(x+16)]-8

Distribute the 2...

5x=2x+32-8

Combine like terms...

5x=2x+24

Subtract 2x from both sides...

5x-2x=2x-2x+24

3x=24

Divide both sides by 3...

(3x)/3=24/3

**x=8**

**x+16=24**

Let's check our work...

(5)(8)=[(2)(24)]-8

40=48-8

40=40