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

$x=4$
$-5x=-2x-12$ First add 2x to both sides. $-5x+2x=-12$ $-3x=-12$ Then divide both sides by -3. -3x$\div$(-3)=-12$\div$(-3) $x=4$ Check the answer. -5(4)=-2(4)-12 -20=-8-12 -20=-20