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## -2(x-14)=26

# 3 Answers

-2(x-14)=26

Divide both sides by -2,

x-14 = -13

Add 14 to both sides,

x = 1 <==Answer

Hello!

It's important to know why you need to follow the steps you need to solve this problem, so you can solve other ones like it in the future. :)

We have to make x stand alone to find out this answer, so to do that, we need to first get rid of the -2 and the -14. The way to do that is to do the opposite of what they are doing in the problem now. Right now, the problem is -2 TIMES (x MINUS 14) on one side, so to get rid of the -2, we need to DIVIDE both sides by -2, then ADD 14 to both sides.

**Step 1:** Divide both sides by -2

-2(x-14) divided by -2 is (x-14)

and 26 divided by -2 is -13

so, that leaves us with x-14 = -13

**Step 2:** We need to get rid of the -14 (so that x will be by itself on one side)

So, we do the opposite of what is happening in the problem again. Which means that we ADD 14 to both sides.

x-14 Plus 14 leaves us with just x

-13 Plus 14 leaves us with 1

So, we are left with x=1

And that is the answer! :)

We will use distributive property of multiplication:

*a(b ± c) = ab ± ac*

**~~~~~~~~~**

-2( x – 14) = 26

-2x – (-2) * 14 = 26

-2x + 28 = 26

- 28 - 28

-2x = -2

÷(-2) ÷(-2)

** x = 1 **

Verify the answer:

-2(1 - 14) = 26

-2(-13) = 26

26 = 26