How do I get rid of the neg 16?

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n + (5/-16) = -1 original equation

n - (5/16) = -1 took the negative from the denominator, moved the numerator, no change of value

n = -1 + 5/16 added 5/16 to both sides of equation

n = -(16/16) + 5/16 changed -1 to -(16/16), equal value

n = 5/16 - (16/16) reversed the order

n = -(11/16) did the arithmetic

so you have,

n + 5/-16 = -1 OR (n + 5)/-16 = -1 ??

i am guessing it's n + 5/-16 = -1 (if not, see below)

move the negative sign up first to get

n + -5/16 = -1, which simplifies to,

n - 5/16 = -1

multiply the whole equation (each term) by 16 to get:

16n - 5 = -16 this removes the fraction.

add 5 to both sides, 16n = -11

divide by 16 on both sides to get, n = -11/16

your answer is **n = -11/16**

(or if you really meant (n + 5)/-16 = -1.... multiply by -16 on both sides to get n+5 = 16,
**n = 11**)

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