Introductory Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13417-805-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-13417-805-9

Chapter 2 - Section 2.2 - The Multiplication Property of Equality - Exercise Set - Page 131: 81


The statement is false. Modifying the original statement to make it true, you get: If $3x - 4 = 16$, then $3x = 20$.

Work Step by Step

This statement is false. The first step to solving this equation would be to add $4$ to each side. The statement is false because $4$ is subtracted from both sides instead. To get rid of the $-4$ on both sides, you add $4$ to both sides of the equation to get: $3x = 16 + 4$ Simplify to get: $3x = 20$
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