# How do you translate "5 less than a number" into a mathematical expression?

Mar 21, 2018

$x - 5$

#### Explanation:

when x=(a number) then you -5 you find 5 less than a number therefore x-5 is the answer

Mar 21, 2018

$x - 5$

#### Explanation:

Five less than a number (x) means that 5 is being detracted (subtracted) from that number.