How do you translate "7 less than twice a number and k" into a mathematical expression?

1 Answer
Jul 30, 2016

Answer:

There are two different interpretations:

#2x+k - 7" or "2(x +k) -7#

Explanation:

In the absence of any punctuation which would indicate exactly what is meant, this statement could be read as:

"7 less than, twice a number and k"

"7 less than ...." means subtract 7 from a number.

"Twice a number means "2 times a number"
"Twice a number and #k# means add #k#.

Use #x# as the number.

Putting these phrases together gives

#2x+k - 7#

the statement could also be read as:

"7 less than, twice, a number and k"

#2(x +k) -7#