Hi ske,

While this question can be solved algebraically, it can also be solved with a bit of brute force and some Number Properties.

We're told that two numbers are in the ratio of 2:3. Thus, the two numbers could be...

2 and 3

4 and 6

6 and 9

8 and 12

10 and 15

Etc.

We're told that ADDING 4 to each number changes the ratio of the numbers to 5:7. We're asked for the DIFFERENCE between the original numbers.

Since adding 4 makes the first number a multiple of 5, this limits the possibilities....

2+4 = 6 NOT POSSIBLE

4+4 = 8 NOT POSSIBLE

6+4 = 10 This IS possible...Using this example, we would have...

"6 and 9", after adding 4 to each, becomes "10 and 13"...this is NOT a ratio of 5 to 7 though (even though it's pretty close), so we have to keep looking....

The next value that becomes a multiple of 5 when you add 4 to it is...16...

16 + 4 = 20

With "16 and 24", after adding 4 to each, we have "20 and 28." This IS a ratio of 5 to 7, so we have our pair of original numbers.

The difference between them is 8.

Final Answer:

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