# Homework Help: Sum of reciprocals of integers is given - find integers

1. Apr 1, 2009

### jackleyt

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The sum of the reciprocals of two consecutive odd integers is 28/195. Find the two integers.

2. Relevant equations
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3. The attempt at a solution
28/195= 1/x + 1/(x-2)
Solved using quadratic formula and got 3.44, which does not seem to be right.. Any help?

2. Apr 1, 2009

### symbolipoint

Re: Algebra

"Two consecutive odd integers...", you have then two numbers to start with:
2n+1, and 2n+3. The 'n' is a variable and the factor of 2 ensures that the entire expression will be ODD. Note that 'n' will be an integer.

3. Apr 2, 2009

### HallsofIvy

Re: Algebra

Using "x" and "x-2" is just as valid as "2n+3" and "2n+1" so the equation you have, 1/x+ 1/(x-2)= 28/195 is perfectly good. Unfortunately, you have left out the important part: you don't show how you got 3.44. 1/x+ 1/(x-2)= 28/195, after you multiply the entire equation by 195x(x-2) becomes a quadratic formula and I get two integer solutions.