## Basic College Mathematics (10th Edition)

x = $\frac{-11}{3}$
Check: Replace x with -2 in the original equation 3 (2x + 5) = -7 3(2*-2 + 5) = -7 3(-4 +5) = -7 3(1) = -7 3 =-7 False The ﬁrst step on the left side should have been 3 (2x + 5) is 6x + 15. 6x +15 = -7 Subtract 15 to both sides 6x +15 - 15 = -7 -15 6x = -22 Finally, divide both sides by 6 $\frac{6x}{6}$ = $\frac{-22}{6}$ x = $\frac{-11}{3}$ The solution is $\frac{-11}{3}$