# Sixty less than some number is equal to the sum of twice the number and twelve. How do you find the number?

Oct 27, 2016

$x = - 72$

#### Explanation:

We will make "some number" equal to $x$. And so we know:

$x - 60 = 2 x + 12$

By keeping the equation balanced we can solve to:

$x - x - 60 - 12 = 2 x - x + 12 - 12$

$- 72 = x$ or $x = - 72$