# What number is 1000 less than 3512?

##### 2 Answers

#### Explanation:

*We can set up an equation. First let's identify what each part of the question means:*

**COLOR CODED IDENTIFICATION**

**use a variable to represent a number that's unknown**

**in math, "is" is the same as "equals to", so use an equal sign**

**"less than" refers to subtraction (1000 less than 3512)**

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Now let's compose the equation.

#color(blue)(x color(orange)(= color(green)(3512 color(red)(- color(grey)(1000#

All we need to do now is solve. Add.

#color(blue)(x)=color(magenta)(2512#

Use a calculator, mental math, or write out the process. You are subtracting

2512

#### Explanation:

Breaking the question down into its component parts

What number:

is:

1000 less

than 3512

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Writing so that the columns line up we have: