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**Turning a text based problem into a number based problem**

I can solve these types of questions such as:

4(3x-5)=5x+2(x+15)

but when a question is worded something like:

"The second of three numbers is 1 less than the first. The third number is 5 less than the second. If the first number is twice as large as the third, find the three numbers."

There is just too much going on in that worded problem for me to be able to express it differently.

A simple question like:

"A can of beans weighs twice as much as a can of coke plus 2lbs"

This is simple, I can just say:

b = 2c + 2

But the questions in my book are just so long winded -_- any tips?

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