# A number equals four less than three times the number ?

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#### Explanation:

To solve this problem, you can set up the equation

You are now left with

Simplify that, and you get the equation

Simplify, and you get your final answer of x=2.

The number is 2

#### Explanation:

This sounds rather confusing, but writing it out into an equation will help a lot in solving it.

(written:) A number equals four less than 3 times the number

(equation:)

Now let's isolate all parts with

Now let's divide by 2.

Since we have a negative sign on both sides, we can actually multiply them both by **negative #xx# negative #=# positive** ). This will not change their value, but it will help the answer be easier to understand.