# Three consecutive natural numbers have a sum of 30 What is the least number?

Nov 23, 2016

The least number is $\textcolor{g r e e n}{9}$

#### Explanation:

Let the smallest (least) number be $n$

We are told that
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX}} n + \left(n + 1\right) + \left(n + 2\right) = 30$

$\rightarrow 3 n + 3 = 30$

$\rightarrow 3 n = 27$

$\rightarrow n = 9$