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# 5 times n is three less than twice n. What number is three less than

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5 times n is three less than twice n. What number is three less than twice n?

(A) -5

(B) -2

(C) -1

(D) 3

(E) 5

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05 Nov 2017, 07:05
5 times n is three less than twice n. What number is three less than twice n?

We can represent the equation as 5n = 2n - 3 => 3n = -3 => n =-1

Therefore, 3 less than twice n is 2n - 3 = -5(Option A)
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20 Jan 2018, 22:16
5N = 2N - 3
Hence, N = -1

Question asks for what number is 3 less than twice n, essentially 2N - 3
Substituting N = -1, 2*(-1) - 3 = -5
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21 Jan 2018, 09:20
Bunuel wrote:
5 times n is three less than twice n. What number is three less than twice n?

(A) -5

(B) -2

(C) -1

(D) 3

(E) 5

5n = 2n - 3

Or, 3n = -3

So, n = -1

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What number is three less than twice n

= $$2*-1 - 3$$

= $$-5$$, Answer will be (A)
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08 Oct 2018, 21:59
Hi All,

We're told that 5 times N is three less than twice N. We're asked to find the number that is three less than twice N. This question is essentially about 'translating'
sentences into equations and a bit of Algebra.

"5 times N is three less than twice N"...
5(N) = 2(N) - 3
3N = -3
N = -1

A number that is "three less than twice N"...
2(-1) - 3 =
-2 -3 =
-5

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