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

Simplify the left side by distributing $3$ to each term of $(x-2)$.
The left side of the given equation is not yet simplified. To solve this equation, the left side must first be simplified by distributing $3$ to obtain: $7+3x-6=2x+10 \\3x+1=2x+20$ Thus, the first step in solving the given equation is to simplify the left side by distributing $3$ to each term of $x-2$..