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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!