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Question from Kristine, a student:

how do you solve for a and b in this equation:

a/5= b/7= 8/3

Hi Kristine,

This is not one equation but three equations

a/5 = b/7
a/5 = 8/3 and
b/7 = 8/3

Solve the second equation for a and the third equation for b. You can then check your answer by verifying that the values you found for a and b satisfy the first equation.


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