Elementary Algebra

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285194055
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-405-9

Chapter 3 - Equations and Problem Solving - 3.4 - Equations Involving Parentheses and Fractional Forms - Problem Set 3.4 - Page 123: 29



Work Step by Step

The distributive property allows us to distribute anything multiplied by something inside of the parenthesis to whatever is inside of the parenthesis. Thus, we distribute the -1 to everything inside of the first set of parenthesis, the 2 to everything inside of the second set of parenthesis, and the -2 to everything in the third set of parenthesis, giving us the equation -x-2+2x-6=-2x+14. We now simplify: $x-8=-2x+14 \\\\ 3x-8=14 \\\\ 3x=22 \\\\ x=22/3$
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