# Chapter 9 - Basic Algebra - 9.7 Solving Equations with Several Steps - 9.7 Exercises - Page 677: 41

$p=-16$

#### Work Step by Step

Step 1. Combine like terms on the left side of the equation. $3p-5p=(3-5)p=-2p=32$ Step 2. Divide both sides by -2. $\frac{-2p}{-2}=\frac{32}{-2}$ $p=-16$

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