# Math

posted by Stephen

The sum of two numbers that differ by one is x. In terms of x, what is the value of the lesser of the two numbers?
a. x+1/2
b. x/2
c. x-1/2
d. x/2 -1
e. 2x+1/2

1. Reiny

smaller number n
larger number n+1

n + n+1 = x
2n = x-1
n = (x-1)/2

none of your given answers are correct, unless you meant to type c) as (x-1)/2

2. Mgraph

n+(n+1)=x
2n+1=x
2n=x-1
n is the lesser of two numbers

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