anonymous
  • anonymous
Hola! This wording is so confusing... I know how to solve this type of problem but "the difference" makes me wonder if they want subtraction or a negative variable. Thanks for any help! I DO NOT want the answer to the set-up, just how to get my equation set up in the first place :) The difference of a number times 4 and 3 equals 5
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asnaseer
  • asnaseer
You are told: "The difference of a number times 4 and 3 equals 5" break this up into: "The difference of" "a number times 4" "and" "3" "equals" "5" does that help?
anonymous
  • anonymous
n4-n3=5 ?
asnaseer
  • asnaseer
If I said: "the difference of 18 and 8 is 10" it means: 18 - 8 = 10

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anonymous
  • anonymous
n-(4+3)=5 ? I think your getting me on the right track!
asnaseer
  • asnaseer
not quite :)
asnaseer
  • asnaseer
lets break this down further, we stat with: "The difference of" "a number times 4" "and" "3" "equals" "5" lets call the unknown number "n" then we can replace "a number times 4" with 4n agreed so far?
anonymous
  • anonymous
okay, that makes sense...
asnaseer
  • asnaseer
so we now have: "The difference of" "4n" "and" "3" "equals" "5" can you do it now?
anonymous
  • anonymous
I feel so stupid... so its 4n-3=5?
asnaseer
  • asnaseer
perfect! and you are certainly not stupid my fried - the question is not very well worded :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
You are awesome!!! Thanks for the encouragement--I guess not freaking out and breaking it down is helpful.
anonymous
  • anonymous
something to apply to life, haha
asnaseer
  • asnaseer
exactly - keep up the positivity! :)

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