Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321825535
ISBN 13: 978-0-32182-553-7

Chapter 9 - Basic Algebra - 9.7 Solving Equations with Several Steps - 9.7 Exercises: 39

Answer

-3b

Work Step by Step

The distributive property holds that $a(b+c)=ab+bc$. Therefore, we can use the distributive property to combine like terms. $\frac{5}{2}b-\frac{11}{2}b=(\frac{5}{2}-\frac{11}{2})b=(\frac{5-11}{2})b=(-\frac{6}{2})b=-3b$
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