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Age problems are algebra word problems that deal with the ages of people currently, in the past or in the future. The ages of the people are compared and usually the objective would be to find their current age.

If the problem involves a single person, then it is similar to an Integer Problem. Read the problem carefully to determine the relationship between the numbers. See example involving a single person.

In these lessons, we will learn how to solve age problems that involve the ages of two or more people.

In this case, using a table would be a good idea. A table will help you to organize the information and to write the equations. This is shown in the following age word problems that involve more than one person.

**Example:**

John is twice as old as his friend Peter. Peter is 5 years older than Alice. In 5 years, John will be
three times as old as Alice. How old is Peter now?

**Solution:**

Step 1: Set up a table.

Step 2: Fill in the table with information given in the question.

John is **twice as old** as his friend Peter. Peter is **5 years older** than Alice. In 5 years, John
will be three times as old as Alice. How old is Peter now?

Let *x* be Peter’s age now. Add 5 to get the ages in 5 yrs.

Write the new relationship in an equation using the ages in 5 yrs.

In 5 years, John will be **three times** as old as Alice.

2*x* + 5 = 3(*x* – 5 + 5)

2*x* + 5 = 3*x*

Isolate variable *x*

*x* = 5

**Answer:** Peter is now 5 years old.

**Example:**

John’s father is 5 times older than John and John is twice as old as his sister Alice. In two
years time, the sum of their ages will be 58. How old is John now?

**Solution:**

Step 1: Set up a table.

Step 2: Fill in the table with information given in the question.

John’s father is **5 times older** than John and John is twice as old as his sister Alice.
In two years time, the sum of their ages will be 58. How old is John now?

Let *x* be John’s age now. Add 2 to get the ages in 2 yrs.

Write the new relationship in an equation using the ages in 2 yrs.

In two years time, the sum of their ages will be 58.

**Answer:** John is now 8 years old.

**Example:**

Mary is 3 times as old as her son. In 12 years, Mary’s age will be one year less than twice her son’s
age. Find their ages now.

Note that this problem requires a chart to organize the information. The rows of the chart can be labeled as Mary and Son, and the columns of the chart can be labeled as “age now” and “age in 12 years”. The chart is then used to set up the equation.

**Examples:**

- Sue is 5 years younger than Brian. In 7 years, the sum of their ages will be 49 years. How old is each now?
- Maria is 10 years older than Sonia. Eight years ago, Maria was 3 times Sonia’s age. How old is each now?

**Examples:**

- The sum of the ages of a man and his son is 82 years. How old is each, if 11 years ago, the man was twice his son’s age?
- The sum of the ages of a woman and her daughter is 38 years. How old is each, if the woman will be triple her daughter’s age in 9 years?

**Examples:**

- Salman is 108 years old. Jonathan is 24 years old. How many years will it take for Salman to be exactly four times as old as Jonathan?
- Tarush is five times as old as Arman is today. 85 years ago, Tarush was 10 times as old as Arman. How old is Arman today?

**Example:**
Zack is four times as old as Salman. Zack is also three years older than Salman. How old is Zack?

**Examples For Practise:**

- Soo is 8 years older than Marco. In four years, Soo will be twice as old as Marco. How old is Soo?
- The sum of Abbie’s age and Iris’s age is 42 years old. 11 years ago, Abbie was three times as old as Iris. How old will Abbie be in two years?

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