# Eight less than the product of 6 and a number equals 5. How do I write this as an equation?

Mar 15, 2018

$6 x - 8 = 5$

#### Explanation:

"Less than" implies that that number will come after what is next.

$\text{something} \setminus - \setminus 8$

"The product of" implies multiplication, and in this case, you would replace "a number" with a value, such as $x$.

$\left(\text{6 times} \setminus x\right) - 8$
$\left(6 x\right) - 8$

The final part, "equals", is hopefully self-explanatory.

$\left(6 x\right) - 8 = 5$