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Integers Word Problems
Consecutive Integer Word Problems
Consecutive Integers 2
Consecutive Even Integer Problems
Consecutive Odd Integer Problems
More Algebra Word Problems
Consecutive integers are integers that follow in sequence,
each number being 1 more than the previous number, represented by n, n + 1, n + 2, n + 3, …, where
n is any integer.
For example: 23, 24, 25, …
If we start with an even number and each number in the sequence is 2 more
than the previous number then we will get consecutive even integers.
For example: 16,18, 20, …
If we start with an odd number and each number in the sequence is 2 more
than the previous number then we will get consecutive odd integers.
For example: 33, 35, 37, …
The following diagram shows an example of a consecutive integer problem. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions on consecutive integer problems.
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Consecutive Integer Problems
Consecutive integer problems are word problems that involve consecutive integers.
The following are common examples of consecutive integer problems.
Example:
The sum of the least and greatest of 3 consecutive integers is 60. What are the values of the 3 integers?
Solution:
Step 1: Assign variables:
Let x = least integer
x + 1 = middle integer
x + 2 = greatest integer
Translate sentence into an equation.
Sentence: The sum of the least and greatest is 60.
Rewrite sentence:
x + (x + 2) = 60
Step 2: Solve the equation
Combine like terms
2x + 2 = 60
Isolate variable x
2x = 58
Step 3: Check your answer
29 + 29 + 2 = 60
The question wants all the 3 consecutive numbers: 29, 30 and 31
Answer: The 3 consecutive numbers are 29, 30 and 31.
Consecutive Odd Integers
Example 2:
The lengths of the sides of a triangle are consecutive odd numbers. What is the length of the
longest side if the perimeter is 45?
Solution:
Step 1: Being consecutive odd numbers we need to add 2 to
the previous number.
Assign variables:
Let x = length of shortest side
x + 2 = length of medium side
x + 4 = length of longest side
Sketch the figure
Step 2: Write out the formula for perimeter of triangle.
P = sum of the three sides
Step 3: Plug in the values from the question and from the sketch.
45 = x + x + 2 + x + 4
Combine like terms
45 = 3x + 6
Isolate variable x
3x = 45 – 6
3x = 39
x =13
Step 3: Check your answer
13 + 13 + 2 + 13 + 4 = 45
Be careful! The question requires the length of the
longest side.
The length of longest = 13 + 4 =17
Answer: The length of longest side is 17
Consecutive Even Integers
Example 3:
John has a board that is 5 feet long. He plans to use it to make 4 shelves whose lengths are to be
a series of consecutive even numbers. How long should each shelf be in inches?
Solution:
Step 1: Being consecutive even numbers we need to add 2 to the
previous number.
Assign variables:
Let x = length of first shelf
x + 2 = length of second shelf
x + 4 = length of third shelf
x + 6 = length of fourth shelf
Step 2: Convert 5 feet to inches
5 × 12 = 60
Step 3: Sum of the 4 shelves is 60
x + x + 2 + x + 4 + x + 6 = 60
Combine like terms
4x + 12 = 60
Isolate variable x
4x = 60 – 12
4x = 48
x = 12
Step 3: Check your answer
12 + 12 + 2 + 12 + 4 + 12 + 6 = 60
The lengths of the shelves should be 12, 14, 16 and 18.
Answer: The lengths of the shelves in inches should be 12, 14, 16 and 18.
How to find consecutive integers, consecutive odd integers, or consecutive even integers that add up to a given number
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How to solve consecutive integer word problems?
Example:
The sum of three consecutive integers is 24. Find the integers.
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