# If Jared has 4 less than 3 times the number of trophies Zachary has how many does Jared have?

Jun 12, 2018

$J = 3 Z - 4$

#### Explanation:

We can't answer the question numerically. All we can say is that, if we call $J$ the number of trophies Jares has and $Z$ the number of trophies Zachary has, we have

$J = 3 Z - 4$

In fact, Jared has four less (hence the $- 4$) than three times the number of Zac's trophies (hence the $3 Z$).

If we knew $Z$, we would also knew $J$, but without any of the two numbers, we can only write the relation between the two quantities.