The sum of three consecutive numbers is 42. What is the smallest of these numbers?
The smallest of the three consecutive integers summing to 42 is 13.
Let's call the smallest of the three consecutive numbers
The next two consecutive integers, by definition of consecutive and the fact they are integers as:
We know there sum is 42 so we can add our three numbers and solve for
Checking the solution:
The three consecutive integers would be:
Adding the three integers gives: