math_celebrity Administrator Staff member Jan 18, 2024 #1 The phrase a number means an arbitrary variable. We can pick any letter a-z except for i and e. Let's choose x. One-third a number means we multiply x by 1/3: x/3 Less two means we subtract 2 x/3 - 2

The phrase a number means an arbitrary variable. We can pick any letter a-z except for i and e. Let's choose x. One-third a number means we multiply x by 1/3: x/3 Less two means we subtract 2 x/3 - 2