anonymous
  • anonymous
The sum of three consecutive even integers is -72. What is the least of these numbers? -26 -22 -30 24
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anonymous
  • anonymous
Are you sure those are the answers?
campbell_st
  • campbell_st
let x be 1 even integer what is the next one..?
anonymous
  • anonymous
Nevermind I read it wrong

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denonakavro
  • denonakavro
Think as the consecutive numbers as this (x+1)+(x+2)+(x+3)= -72 Solve the equation and then find x So would look like this 3x+6=-72 3x=-78 x= -78/3
denonakavro
  • denonakavro
Read my previous post and x would be your answer
anonymous
  • anonymous
Because the consecutive numbers have to be even so you would have to do x + (x + 2) + (x + 4) because then you would be getting all consecutive even numbers.
denonakavro
  • denonakavro
Sorry I am wrong they are supposed to be even listen to Lexie
campbell_st
  • campbell_st
are you sure x is the answer... remember you have x, x+2 and x + 4
anonymous
  • anonymous
Isn't "least" referring to greatest negative value?
triciaal
  • triciaal
@denonakavro we are doing even consecutive so x is even and count by 2's ( x-2, x, x + 2 )
anonymous
  • anonymous
x + (x +2) + (x + 4) = -72; afterwards you would add all the xs together and add the numbers and get 3x + 6 = -72 then afterwards you would subtract 6 from both sides and end up with 3x = -78 then you would divide 3 on both sides and end with x = -26 but that is the greatest factor like @jaeuni had said so you would have to take -26 and add 4 to it
triciaal
  • triciaal
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campbell_st
  • campbell_st
using the equation in the posts... the user has used 1st even integer as x 2nd even integer as x + 2 3rd even integer as x + 4 then recommended you solve for x this is a valid method to me, least will be the integer closest to zero...
anonymous
  • anonymous
@campbell_st lol my bad, it was phrased awkwardly but yes, when I said "greatest" I also meant the value closest to zero - it was in response to someone saying that the answer was x
triciaal
  • triciaal
@Lexie.Quinn x is already your least

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