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

$\frac{2(x + 6)}{3}$ = x - 5 Multiply both sides by 3: 2(x + 6) = 3(x - 5) Distribute: 2x + 12 = 3x - 15 Subtract 3x from both sides: -x + 12 = -15 Subtract 12 from both sides: -x = -27 Divide both sides by -1: x = 27