Five times the sum of a number and 3 is the same as 3 multiplied by 1 less than twice the number. Find the number.

**x = the number**

5(x + 3) = 3(2x - 1) {five times the sum of number and 3 equals 3 multiplied by 1 less than twice number}

5x + 15 = 6x - 3 {used distributive property}

x = 18 {subtracted 5x and added 3 to each side}

**the number is 18**

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