60 percent of a number minus 17 is -65

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    60 percent of a number minus 17 is -65

    Using our percent to decimal calculator, we see that 60% is 0.6, so we have:

    The phrase a number means an arbitrary variable, let's call it x. So 60% of a number is:

    Minus 17:
    0.6x - 17

    The word is means an equation, so we set 0.6x - 17 equal to -65 to get our algebraic expression of:
    0.6x - 17 = -65

    If you want to solve for x in this equation, you type it in our search engine and you get:
    x = -80

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