I cannot figure this out...

Hi Chris,

Assuming you meant:

x/(+2) = (x/3) - 3

or, a little prettier:

<pre>

x x

--- = --- - 3

+2 3

</pre>

(darn, doesn't look like wyzant will let us use html tags)

Then you can subtract x/3 from both sides:

x/2 - x/3 = x/3 -3 - x/3

x/2 - x/3 = -3

Then, get a common denominator:

(x/2)(3/3) - (x/3)(2/2) = -3

3x/6 - 2x/6 = -3

Next, combine like terms (fraction subtraction):

x/6 = -3

Now, multiply both sides by 6:

6(x/6) = (-3)6

x = -18