# Four times the difference of 17 and a number is 84. What is the number?

Dec 24, 2015

$x = 101$
$\left(x - 17\right) = 84$
Note that it is $\left(x - 17\right)$ not $\left(17 - x\right)$ because $84$ is positive and larger than $17$
So $x = 84 + 17 = 101$