Susan C. answered • 05/09/18

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I love math, and I love to teach it.

Hello, Ella,

First, underline or highlight key words and numbers in the problem:

Let one number = x and the other number number=y "Sum" is addition of the numbers

**x+y**=

**12**

**x-y = 5**

The

**sum of two numbers is 12**. The**difference of the numbers is 5.****x+y=12**

**x-y=5**Add the equations together to eliminate a variable, such as "y." Solve for "x."

Then you will be able to see which is smaller of the two numbers.

**Q: What is the smaller of the two numbers?**

I will let you finish the problem. I hope that my example has helped.

**Susan C.**