# Mason had 16 fewer pencils than Liam. When Mason gave 2 pencils to Liam, she had twice as many pencils as Mason. How many pencils did Mason have at first?​

Paul Reilly 2022-09-11 Answered
Mason had 16 fewer pencils than Liam. When Mason gave 2 pencils to Liam, she had twice as many pencils as Mason. How many pencils did Mason have at first?​
You can still ask an expert for help

• Live experts 24/7
• Questions are typically answered in as fast as 30 minutes
• Personalized clear answers

Solve your problem for the price of one coffee

• Math expert for every subject
• Pay only if we can solve it

Jovany Newman
Mason
It was x-16
It became x-16-2
Liam
It was x
It became x+2 and it is 2 times more than Mason
Write and solve the equation:
2(x - 18) = x + 2,
2x - 36 = x + 2,
2x - x = 2 + 36,
x = 38.
So, Liam had 38 pencils, and Mason had 38 - 16 = 22 (pen).

We have step-by-step solutions for your answer!