It's a bit of a weird equation, but here is the solution:
Let us say the numbers are x and y where x is the smaller of the two.
Substituting, we get- 3y/4+y=52. This can be written as: 3y/4+4y/4=52.
Hence, 7y/4=52, in which case, 7y=208. dividing, we get y=29.7. Therefore x=3*29.7/4 .
Ans:- x= 22.2