only use numbers once

Lil,

This looks like an algebra equation begging to be solved.

Look for what is known. That is the 2,0,1,3, and 88.

If you simply substitute x behind each number and turn it into a linear equation you get

**2x+0x=1x(or just x) + 3x = 88**

we know zero times anything is zero, so throw that away.

so, now:** 2x + 0x + 1x +3x = 88**

**Next, combine like terms: 2x + 1x (or just x)
+ 3x = 6x**

**and put in the 88 (remember...drop the zero x, just forget about it, and it is used)**

**SO, 6x =88**

**Next, divide both sides by 6 to isolate the variable x**

**6x/6 **** = 88/6**

**so the 6's cancel out, leaving x=88/6**

**x=14.**

**Now, check the work by plugging in the number 14 for x in the equation.**

**2(14) + 0(14) + 1(14) + 3(14) = 88**

**28+0+14+42 = 88**

**88 = 88**

**This works. Hope this helped you.**