A number is 5 more than 3 times another number. the sum of the two numbers is 33. as an equation, this is written x 3x 5 = 33, where x represents the smaller number. plug in the numbers from the set {3, 5, 7, 9} to find the value of x. the value of x that holds true for the equation is . so, the smaller number is and the larger number is .