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Hi Ang. Maybe this question is deliberately wordy like this in order to give practice in parsing a sentence and turning it into algebra. Since you said this was "lower algebra" I make the guess that it is all dealing with the same one number (I'll call it N). So I parse it as follows: (1/2) [ (N + 6) / (N  6) ] = (N) / (N + 17) which is like yours, but with a negative 17 rather than positive. By the way, you need the quadratic formula to complete it if you are to solve for N: (N6)/(N+6) = 2N / (N17) Not too nice. Probably then, this is just a horrible question! Stephen La Rocque.  


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