To find the answer to "What two numbers have a product of 44 and a sum of 24?" we first state what we know. We are looking for x and y and we know that x • y = 44 and x + y = 24.

Before we keep going, it is important to know that x • y is the same as y • x and x + y is the same as y + x. The two variables are interchangeable. Which means that when we create one equation to solve the problem, we will have two answers.

To solve the problem, we take x + y = 24 and solve it for y to get y = 24 - x. Then, we replace y in x • y = 44 with 24 - x to get this:

x • (24 - x) = 44

Like we said above, the x and y are interchangeable, therefore the x in the equation above could also be y. The bottom line is that when we solved the equation we got two answers which are the two numbers that have a product of 44 and a sum of 24. The numbers are:

2

22

That's it! The two numbers that have a product of 44 and a sum of 24 are 2 and 22 as proven below:

2 • 22 = 44

2 + 22 = 24

Note: Answers are rounded up to the nearest five decimals if necessary so the answers may not be exact.

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