Odd numbers are 5, 11, 17, 19, 21, etc and consecutive means one right after the other as in 3,4,5,6, etc . So 3 consecutive odd numbers means 45,47,49 for example.

You want 3 consecutive odd that add up to 51 so the 1st number is x, the next number is x +2, and the last number is (x + 2) + 2 or x + 4. So,

x + x + 2 + x + 4 = 51 which equals

3x + 6 = 51 =

3x = 45

x = 45/3 = 15

So substituting back in for x you have 15 + (15 + 2) + (15 +4) = 51

15 + 17 + 19 does = 51 which is the answer ...

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