## Algebra: A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

x = $-\frac{9}{10}$
5(2x + 3) = -1 + 7 Distribute: 10x + 15 = -1 + 7 Simplify: 10x + 15 = 6 Subtract 15 from both sides: 10x = -9 Divide both sides by 10: x = $-\frac{9}{10}$