My question regards the first age example problem on this page (http://www.purplemath.com/modules/ageprobs.htm).
In January of the year 2000, I was thirteen times as old as my son William. In January of 2009, I was four times as old as him. How old was my son in January of 2000?
The author uses 2 variables to solve this problem however, can it be solved using one variable?
I tried and my answer did not match the answer when using 2 variables to solve the problem.
Here's what I did when using x as William's age.
So, William's age was 4 in January of 2000. But the author uses 2 variables for the problem and comes up with the age of 3.
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Age now Age in 9 years Elizabeth 13x 4(x+9) William x (x+9) Setting up my equation, I get: 13x = 4(x+9) 13x = 4x + 36 9x = 36 x = 4
What did I do wrong in using just one variable?