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: 33



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 -1 to everything inside of the second set of parenthesis, and the 2 to everything in the third set of parenthesis, giving us the equation -a+1-3a+2=6+2a-2. We now simplify: $-4a+3=2a+4 \\\\ 3=6a+4 \\\\ -1=6a \\\\ a=-1/6$
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