## Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

$x=-4$
We are given the equation $-5x-4=16$. In order to solve, we can first add 4 to both sides. $-5x-4+4=16+4$ $-5x=20$ Divide both sides by -5. $\frac{-5x}{-5}=\frac{20}{-5}$ $x=-4$