# How do you translate "3 less than the Square of a number p" as an algebraic expression?

Mar 27, 2018

${p}^{2} - 3$

#### Explanation:

We need to translate the following statement as an algebraic expression :-

"3 less than the Square of a number p"

The first step is to take the number:-

$\textcolor{b l u e}{p}$

The second step is to square it:-

$\textcolor{b l u e}{{p}^{2}}$

The third step is to subtract $3$ from it:-

$\textcolor{b l u e}{{p}^{2} - 3}$

$\therefore$ The required algebraic expression is:-

$\textcolor{b l u e}{{p}^{2} - 3}$