## Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

$a\lt0$
$\bf{\text{Solution Outline:}}$ Use the concept of inequality to translate the given description, \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} \text{a number $a$ is negative} ,\end{array} to symbols. $\bf{\text{Solution Details:}}$ Negative numbers are numbers less than $0.$ Hence, in symbols, the given description is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} a\lt0 .\end{array}