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

$3 - \frac{1}{2}x$ = 5x - 8 Add $\frac{1}{2}x$ to both sides: 3 = 5x + $\frac{1}{2}x$ - 8 3 = $\frac{11}{2}x$ - 8 Add 8 to both sides: 11 = $\frac{11}{2}x$ Multiply both sides by $\frac{2}{11}$: 2 = x