Math Word Problems: Solving Age Problems Part 1

This is the second topic in the Word Problems Series. In this series of posts, we are going to discuss age problems.  In age problems, most times, ages of persons at different points in time — past, present, and future — are asked about.

One of the most famous age problems in the history of mathematics is Diohpantus’ Riddle. After this series, you should be able to provide a solution to Diophatus’ age problem. 🙂

As we have done in the previous topic, we will start with simple problems. As we go on, the problems become more complicated.  Let us start with the first problem.


Adrian’s age is one less than twice Carlo’s age. The sum of their ages is 50. What are their ages?


As you have probably noticed that this problem is very similar to the problems we discussed earlier.  Age problems just like most algebra problems which are number problems in disguise.  » Read more