## Prealgebra (7th Edition)

$\frac{x}{5}$ + x = -$\frac{24}{5}$ Muliply both sides of the equation by the LCD, 5, to cancel out the 5 in the denominators of $\frac{x}{5}$ and -$\frac{24}{5}$: 5($\frac{x}{5}$ + x) = 5(-$\frac{24}{5}$) 5($\frac{x}{5}$) + 5x = 5(-$\frac{24}{5}$) Now, cancel out the denominators of of $\frac{x}{5}$ and -$\frac{24}{5}$. x + 5x = -24 Combine like terms: 6x = -24 Divide both sides by 6 to find x: 6x $\div$ 6 = (-24 $\div$ 6) x = -4