The Sum of Two Numbers is 14 and Their Difference is 7

The sum of two numbers is 14 and their difference is 7. What are the two numbers? Let's start by calling the two numbers we are looking for x and y.

The sum of x and y is 14. In other words, x plus y equals 14 and can be written as equation A:

x + y = 14

The difference between x and y is 7. In other words, x minus y equals 7 and can be written as equation B:

x - y = 7

Now solve equation B for x to get the revised equation B:

x - y = 7
x = 7 + y

Then substitute x in equation A from the revised equation B and then solve for y:

x + y = 14
7 + y + y = 14
7 + 2y = 14
2y = 7
y = 3.5

Now we know y is 3.5. Which means that we can substitute y for 3.5 in equation A and solve for x:

x + y = 14
x + 3.5 = 14
X = 10.5

Summary: The sum of two numbers is 14 and their difference is 7. What are the two numbers? Answer: 10.5 and 3.5 as proven here:

Sum: 10.5 + 3.5 = 14
Difference: 10.5 - 3.5 = 7

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