# The length of a rectangle is 3 meters less than twice its width. How do you write an equation to find the length of the rectangle?

Nov 4, 2016

$l = 2 w - 3$

#### Explanation:

1) Let $w$ represent the width of the rectangle.

2) "Twice its width" is the same as multiplying by $2$ which would give $2 w$

3) "3 meters less than" means to subtract $3$ or "- 3".

4) combining these would give the equation for the length, lets call it $l$, as:

$l = 2 w - 3$