## Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

Distribute 2 and $-3$ on the left side of the equation, and distribute 4 and $-3$ on the right side to obtain: $4x-6-3x-3=4x-8-3x-15$ Simplify each side of the equation by combining like terms: $x-9=x-23$ Subtract $x$ on both sides of the equation to obtain: $-9=-23$ The last equation is false therefore the given equation is inconsistent.