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The first sentence in the problem says that the total number of cards is 72. Said algebraically this is
The second sentence says that if I multiply he number of cards that Max has by4 and then add 2 I get the number of cards that Tom has. Thus
You have now converted the word problem into two algebraic equations. Can you solve the equations? Penny  


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