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

a = $-\frac{2}{5}$
$\frac{2(8 - a)}{3}$ = 4 - 4a Multiply both sides by 3: 2(8 - a) = 3(4 - 4a) Distribute: 16 - 2a = 12 - 12a Add 12a to both sides: 16 + 10a = 12 Subtract 16 from both sides: 10a = -4 Divide both sides by 10: a = $-\frac{4}{10}$ a = $-\frac{2}{5}$