# How do you translate "3 less than the Square of a number p" into a mathematical expression?

$n = {p}^{2} - 3$
Let's call the number we're looking for $n$.
We know that it's $3$ less ($- 3$) than the square of $p , {p}^{2}$. So it's equal to ${p}^{2} - 3$.
$n = {p}^{2} - 3$