## Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition)

$x=2$
We are given that $5x+12=2(2x+7)$. In order to solve for x, we can first use the distributive property to simplify the right side. $5x+12=2\times(2x+7)=4x+14$ Subtract 12 from both sides. $5x=4x+2$ Subtract 4x from both sides. $x=2$