# Simultaneous equation word problem

#### linapril

##### New member
"A school mathematics department has 1440 euros to buy textbooks.
Maths for All volume 1 costs 70 euros. Maths for All volume 2 costs 40 euros.
The department wants twice as many copies of volume 1 as volume 2.
How many of each volume can they buy?"

I got up to that the first equation is 70x + 40y= 1440, but I have no idea how to proceed after that. How do I get a constant in the second equation? I'm lost.

#### MarkFL

Staff member
You have chosen to let x represent the number of vol. 1 and y represents the number of vol. 2 purchased.

Your first equation is good, although I would divide through by 10 so the numbers are smaller. Now, we are also told:

"The department wants twice as many copies of volume 1 as volume 2."

This means x must be twice the value of y. How can you write this mathematically?

#### linapril

##### New member
Would x = 2y be right?

#### MarkFL

That would be exactly right! $\displaystyle 7x+4y=144$
$\displaystyle x=2y$