Jasmine K. answered • 09/24/20

Certified Elementary Teacher with Math Skills up to PreCalculus

You are looking for two consecutive odd integers totaling -76. You would use x to represent the first integers and you would use x + 2 for the second integer since odd numbers are two spaces away from each other.

1st integer = x

2nd integer = x + 2

You would set up the equation as

x + (x + 2) = -76.

You would then simply the left side and solve for x.

x + (× + 2) = -76 (combine like terms to remove parentheses)

2x + 2 = -76 (subtract 2 from each side)

2x = -76 (divide each side by 2 to solve for x)

x = -39

1st integer: x = -39

2nd integer: x + 2

-39 + 2 = -37

-39 + -37 = -76