# Eight less than three times a number equals the number. What is the number?

Oct 21, 2016

The number is $4$.

#### Explanation:

Let the number be $x$.

Eight less than three times $x$ equals $x$. We can express this in an equation:

$3 x - 8 = x$

Subtract $x$ from both sides.

$2 x - 8 = 0$

Add $8$ to each side.

$2 x = 8$

Divide both sides by $2$.

$x = 4$