03 Oct '16 10:32

I get a mental block with the following type of problems you come across from time to time.

I'm not bothered about the answer but I would like to know how to form the necessary equations.

I get so far and then my mind goes into meltdown.

If someone could please give me the equations, I'll be able to see where I go wrong:-

5 people's ages a,b,c,d,e

a=a+b+c+d+e/5 -this is easy - 4a =b+c+d+e.

Now comes the awkward bits:-

All the 5 ages are <50

What are the five ages?

I'm not bothered about the answer but I would like to know how to form the necessary equations.

I get so far and then my mind goes into meltdown.

If someone could please give me the equations, I'll be able to see where I go wrong:-

5 people's ages a,b,c,d,e

a=a+b+c+d+e/5 -this is easy - 4a =b+c+d+e.

Now comes the awkward bits:-

**when**B= 3a , a+c = a+b+c+d+e**and**d =3d (obviously 'cos if b is 3 times his age the other four must be as well))**and**e =(2b +1)All the 5 ages are <50

What are the five ages?