How do you translate "25 less than the quotient of w and 5" into an algebraic expression?

1 Answer
Jul 22, 2015

Answer:

#w/5 - 25#
#color(white)("XXXX")#...probably (see below)

Explanation:

The quotient is the result of dividing one value by another value:

#color(white)("XXXX")##"dividend"/"divisor" = "quotient"#

The difficulty here is in the phrasing. Normally we would say "the quotient of #w# divided by #5#. As stated, it is unclear which is the dividend and which is the divisor ; so, one might argue that
#color(white)("XXXX")##5/w -25#
is an equally valid answer.