the larger of two numbers is 11 more than twice the smaller. the sum of the number is 1 less than seven times the smaller

Hi M,

To start off, we have to determine how many equations we need to solve this problem. Seeing that the problem involves a "larger number" and a "smaller number" and that we are given 2 different constraints we can be assured that we will need 2 variables and 2 equations!

1) We start off with a let statement (a statement where we can declare what each variable represents):

let s= the smaller number

let l = the larger number

(I'm sure you can see why I picked s and l).

2) now we can write the equations

l=2s+11

s+l=7s-1

And that's it!! If you would like more help in solving it, feel free to reply to this post or even reach out to me personally. Good luck!