Reese M.

asked • 09/07/18
# Jonas is 5 years younger than his brother. 3 years ago, the sum of their ages was 23. How old is each now?

Carol H.
answered • 09/07/18

Experienced Mathematics Tutor w/ Master's Degree in Math

**Let x = the brother's age**

**Let x - 5 = Jonas' age**

**Ages three years ago:**

**brother, x - 3**

**Jonas, x - 5 - 3 = x - 8**

**x - 8 + x - 3 = 23**

**2x = 34**

**x = 17**

**x - 5 = 12**

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