# Transforming statements into equations help

1. Aug 15, 2013

### kashan123999

I am having difficulty of making equations from the following statement...

"A baseball team won 54 more games than it lost"??

2. Aug 15, 2013

### chiro

Hey kashan123999.

Hint: When you come across a mathematical problem, think about what the independent variables.

As an example. if x is the number of games won and y is the number of games lost then you have the relationship

x = y + 54 and
x + y = n where n is the total number of games played.

3. Aug 15, 2013

### kashan123999

i still couldn't get that x = y + 54... i could comprehend the expression y + 54 but wasn't able to put equality against something...how that is equal to total no. of games won :'(

4. Aug 15, 2013

### SteamKing

Staff Emeritus
Look at it this way:

W = no. of games won
L = no. of games lost
T = total no. of games

In baseball, games are played so that there are no ties in the score.

Obviously, the total number of games = no. of games won by a team plus the number of games lost.

So we have our first equation: T = W + L

Now, the second equation is no. of wins = no. of losses + 54. 'Team won 54 more games than it lost.'

We would write this in equation form: W = L + 54

5. Aug 15, 2013

### kashan123999

But sir do check that: I am not getting the correct answer