x = amount of 3% loss investment

y = amount of 5% gain investment

x + y = 13,500 {the two investments total $13,500}

-0.03x + 0.05y = 319 {3% loss on one and 5% gain on other, receipt is $319}

x = -y + 13,500 {subtracted y from each side of first equation}

-0.03(-y + 13,500) + 0.05y = 319 {substituted (-y + 13,500), in for x, into second equation}

0.03y - 405 + 0.05 = 319 {used distributive property}

0.08y - 405 = 319 {combined like terms}

0.08y = 724 {added 405 to each side}

y = 9050 {divided by 0.08}

x = -y + 13,500 {from equation above}

x = -9050 + 13,500 {substituted 9050 in for y}

x = 4450 {added}

**The 3% loss investment was $4450
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The 5% gain investment was $9050*- Algebra House*
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