# What number must be multiplied by 42 to get the difference of the numbers 500 and 38?

Answer from: **Alena C.:***Multidisciplinary specialist, mother of 4 children...*

Let's make a complex equation for clarity:

Х*42= 500-38

To find the answer, you must first find what is the difference between the numbers 500 and 38. 500-38 =462.

Now write down the simple equation after finding the difference:

Х*42=462

X is the first factor. Find the unknown multiplier by dividing the value of the product by the known multiplier:

Х=432:42

Hence X=11.

You can do a check:

11*42=462

462=462

Correct answer.

Answer from: **Ivan Vorobyov:***I have a natural science education, in my youth I was addicted to literature...*

The difference between 500 and 38 is 462(500-38).

Then, to know what number to multiply, it is necessary to divide the difference by 42.

462:42=11.

It turns out that the required number is 11.

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