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Convert to algebraic notation: two fewer than five times the number of eggs needed in the recipe.

Question:

Convert to algebraic notation: two fewer than five times the number of eggs needed in the recipe.

Algebraic Notation:

Math can be found in everyday life even though you may not realize it. This is because, typically it is found in the form as a regular sentence where as, in a math class, it is in the form of an equation or an expression. Algebraic expressions are just translations of these sentences into their mathematical equivalent.

Answer and Explanation:

To convert the expression to algebraic notation, let {eq}E {/eq} stand for the number of eggs need in the recipe. Then, working the sentence from right to left we have:

"five times the number of egges" {eq}\implies~ 5E {/eq}

"two fewer than five times the number of eggs" {eq}\implies ~ 5E - 2 {/eq}

where "fewer" equates to subtraction and "times" equates to multiplication.


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