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

a = $-\frac{6}{23}$
-9 - 5a = 3(6a - 1) Distribute: -9 - 5a = 18a - 3 Subtract 18a from both sides: -9 - 23a = -3 Add 9 to both sides: -23a = 6 Divide both sides by -23: a = $-\frac{6}{23}$