# Nick is three years young than Sam. The sum of their ages is 33. How old are they?

##### 1 Answer

Apr 14, 2018

Sam: 18

NIck: 15

#### Explanation:

Let Nick's age be x and let Sam's age be y.

Translate the sentence into 2 equations to get a system of equations:

There are several ways to solve a system of linear equations. "Substitution" is one of those methods:

Since