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How to Solve Consecutive Number Problems

Anytime you have a consecutive number word problem you need to set it up like this:


If the numbers are consecutive:

First Number: X
Second Number: X+ 1
Third Number: X+2
Fourth Number: X+3
and so on....


For example:
The sum of 4 consecutive numbers is 29, what are the numbers?


Set up the problem:
First is X, second is X+ 1, third X + 2, and fourth is X + 3


X + X+1+ X+ 2+ X+ 3=28
4X + 5= 28
4X=29-5
4X= 24
X=6
My numbers are 6,7,8 and 9


If they ask you for Odd or Even consecutive numbers

First: X
Second: X + 2
Third: X + 4
Fourth: X + 6


and so on ....