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the answer to this is supposed to be 2 but I cant get there -2(x-4)-(8x-3)=2-(6x-1)can anyone help me with this

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-2(x-4)-(8x-3)=2-(6x-1) What did you do first?
distribute the -2(x-4)
I will do my best -2(x-4)-(8x-3)=2-(-6x-1). I think this is the problem if i understood correctly right? @michaelhale

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yes that is the problem
Don't just tell me - SHOW me!
combine the like terms then solve like a regular equation
how did you get +3
a negative (-) times -3 = a positive number, hence +3
that is how i distributed it
Don't be afraid to rewrite things a bit. It will help you win the battle. -2(x-4)-(8x-3)=2-(6x-1) First parentheses -2x + 8 - (8x-3) = 2 - (6x-1) Next parentheses -2x + 8 - 8x + 3 = 2 - (6x-1) Last parentheses -2x + 8 - 8x + 3 = 2 - 6x + 1 See how easy that is to follow, now that we have written the entire expression every step of the way? Okay, now what?
so when I see -(8x_3) I distribute the - sign as a coefficient of -1
That is a reasonable understanding. It is the same on the last parentheses.
thank you both I have been beating myself up over this one for a while I got the answer I needed
Woo-hoo! Good work!
nice process @tkhunny awesome job! ^.^
i cant give a best response because you both did awsome
No worries. You learning is what is important!
-2x+4-8x+3=2-6x+1 =>-10x+5=-6x+3 =>-4x=-2 =>x=2

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