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. 3 times a number: 3x The sum of three times a number and twelve means we add 12 to 3x: 3x + 12

The phrase a number means an arbitrary variable. We can pick any letter a-z except for i and e. Let's choose x. 3 times a number: 3x The sum of three times a number and twelve means we add 12 to 3x: 3x + 12