Three times a number is the same as that number subtracted from 12. What is the number?

A) -6
B) -2
C) 2
D) 3
E) 4
I don't get what the question is asking
Its a little confusing

asked by Candy
  1. just put the words into symbols

    If the number is n, then

    "three times a number" means 3n
    "that number subtracted from 12" means 12-n
    is the same as means "="

    3n = 12-n
    4n = 12
    n = 3

    posted by Steve

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