• anonymous
this proeblem seems so easy but yet so hard :( can someone please help me? if 2x-3(x+4)=-5, then x=??
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  • radar
Remove the parenthesis: 2x-3x-12=-5
  • radar
combine similar terms -x-12=-5 Add 12 to both sides -x-12+12=-5+12 this was done to get x by itself on one side of the equal sign. -x=7 Oh! you want x positive........multiply both sides by -1 -x(-1)=7(-1) x=-7

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