# Two numbers sum to 56. thrice the first subtracted from the second is 4. find the numbers?

##### 1 Answer

The two numbers are

#### Explanation:

There are two numbers. Let's call them

Thrice the first subtracted, so

Now you have a simultaneous equation to work with.

Same signs subtract, Different signs add. I always prefer dealing with the number after the operation, so I'll start with that. We should make the coefficients the same.

If we add the bottom to the top, we end up with

Substitute your answer for

Let's take the given one.

Therefore,