1. Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

Three friends are buying a gift for a friend. Declan contributes 4 dollars
more than 1/4 the cost of the gift, Ed contributes 1 dollar less than 1/3 the
cost of the gift, and Frank contributes the remaining 22 dollars. What is the

Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x
So x = 60

I read the red part above as follows:
Equation equals 4 plus 1 over 4x plus 1 over 3x miuns 1 plus 22 equals x
So x equals 60.

Are there any errors in my reading?

2. Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

This is not a maths forum, and sitifan is not asking about solving the problem. He/she wants to know how to read the solution.

I would read the second line as The equation is open brackets 4 plus 1 over 4x close brackets plus open brackets 1 over 3x minus 1 close brackets plus 22 equals x.

There's probably a better way.

(Not a mathematician.)

3. Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

How should I pronounce the last consonant of close in close brackets? [z] or [s]?

4. Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

It's the verb. It has the /z/ sound.

5. Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

Sorry,Rover_KE,I will keep that in mind.

6. Re: Equation = (4+1/4x)+(1/3x-1)+22=x

I'd say:
Let x equal the cost of the gift.
The equation is the quantity four plus one-quarter x plus the quantity one-third x minus one plus twenty-two equals x.

Of course the parentheses aren't mathematically needed when it's all addition and subtraction.

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