1/3x +5 = -4

Hi Shirley;

I assume this is (1/3)x+5=-4

Let's isolate x...

Let's subtract 5 from both sides...

(1/3)x+5-5=-4-5

(1/3)x=-9

Let's multiply both sides by 3...

(3)(1/3)x=-9(3)

x=-27

Or maybe this is [1/(3x)]+5=-4

Let's combine like terms by moving the constant on the left to the right.

Let's do this by subtracting 5 from both sides...

[1/(3x)]+5-5=-4-5

1/(3x)=-9

Let's flip both sides by converting [1/(3x)] into [(3x)/1] and -9 into -1/9...

3x/1=-1/9

3x=-1/9

Let's multiply both sides by 1/3...

(1/3)(3x)=(-1/9)(1/3)

x=-1/27