x : y = 8:5
Say I subtract a value of 400 from
x and 300 from
y, so that:
x-400 : y-300 = 8:3
How do I determine the value of
You cross multiply the ratios to get $5x=8y, 3(x-400)=8(y-300)$. Now solve the first equation for one of the variables, plug that into the second and you have one equation in one variable. In this case it will be linear.