## Algebra: A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

"The quotient of a number and 3" translates to $\frac{x}{3}$. "The difference of the number and 2" translates to x - 2. The expression is therefore $\frac{x}{3}$ = x - 2. Solve for x by subtracting x from both sides: $-\frac{2}{3}$x = -2 Multiply both sides by $-\frac{3}{2}$: x = 3