The sum of three consecutive odd number is 153. What is the smallest of the three numbers?

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(2) Answers

heart22

59, 51, 53
The formula you would use is
x+(x+2)+(x+4)
If you need help understanding, feel free to comment..

bonjovifan

First, divide 153 by 3, because there are 3 consecutive odd numbers that sum to be 153, to get a sense of where to start.
153÷3 (consecutive odd numbers)= 51
Then try adding consecutive odd numbers around 51 to get the sum of 153.
Trial and Error:
51+ 53+ 55 ≠ 153
47+ 49 + 51 ≠ 153
Then finally:
49 + 51 + 53= 153
Hope this helps!