## Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

$a=-4$
We are given the equation $-14=2(a-3)$. We can solve the equation by first using the distributive property to simplify the right side. $-14=2(a-3)=2(a)+2(-3)=2a-6$ Add 6 to both sides. $-14+6=2a-6+6$ $2a=-8$ Divide both sides by 2. $a=-4$