# How do you translate into mathematical symbols: product of ten and p, decreased by four?

Jun 2, 2016

$10 p - 4$

#### Explanation:

The use of correct, clear grammar in cases like this is very important.
There is a difference between
"The product of 10 and $p ,$ decreased by 4"
and
"T
The product of 10 and, $p$ decreased by 4"

In the first case, 10 and $p$ are multiplied and then 4 is subtracted from the answer. $\Rightarrow 10 p - 4$

In the second case $p$ has 4 subtracted from it and then the answer is multiplied by 10. $\Rightarrow 10 \times \left(p - 4\right)$