Tracey M. answered • 07/08/18

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Think of the first consecutive even number as

**x**The second consecutive even number is

**x + 2**The third consecutive even number is

**x + 4**The sum of these three terms :

x + (x + 2) + (x + 4) = 78

3x + 6 =78

3x = 72

x = 24

**The second number would be 26**

**NOTE: The middle number of a sequence of consecutive numbers can be found by dividing the sum by the number of terms. 78 ÷ 3 = 26**