D A.

asked • 09/18/18

Word problem

Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies led Major League Baseball in runs batted in for in for the 2008 regular season. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, who came in second to Howard, had 16 fewer runs batted in for the 2008 regular season. Together, these two players brought home 276 runs during the 2008 regular season. How many runs batted in did Howard and Hamilton account for?
I came up with x+(x-16)=276
Hamilton and Howard accounted for 19 runs during the 2008 season. 
Is this correct?

1 Expert Answer


D A.

Thanks David for clearing this up. Word problems can be confusing but it helps when you explain the imaginary 1 in front of the parentheses.


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