How do you translate the following statement "Five less than a number is seventeen" into an algebraic expression and then find the number?
So we know that the number we are looking for is five more than seventeen.
so we will need to add the number on the left of the equals sign to get the x by itself.
Add the 5 to the 17.
See the process below:
We can represent "a number" as "x".
"Five less than a number" would be the same as saying "
To find the number representative of x, add five to both sides to get