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Homework Help: How would i set this up?

  1. Nov 2, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    "Two angles are supplementary. One angle is 2 degrees less than three times the other. What are the measure of the two angles?"

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    3x-2=180 ?

    I'm not good with word problems.
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  3. Nov 2, 2008 #2


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    Let x and y be the size of the angles.
    What does it mean that they are supplementary?
    What does it mean that one angle is 2 degrees less than three times the other?
    This will give you two equations for the two unknowns x and y.
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