Work Step by Step
We start by adding 5 to both sides of the equation. We have $2x-5=17$ is $2x=22$. Dividing both sides by 2 gives us $x=11$. To check, we substitute 11 (the answer) into the equation. We have $2(11)-5=17?$ $22-5=17?$ $17=17$, which is true.