First combine "like terms" on both sides of the equal sign.
2x + 2 + x  5 rewrite putting the liketerms together: (2x + x + 2  5) becomes  x  3
1  2x  x + 5 rewrite putting the liketerms together ( 2x  x + 1 + 5) becomes 3x + 6
so now your equation is :  x  3 =  3x + 6
Now combine like terms on both sides of the equation
 add x to both sides: 3 = 3x + x + 6, which becomes  3 =  2x + 6
 subtract 6 on both sides: 3  6 = 2x, which becomes 9 = 2x
solve for x by dividing by 2:,which gives you x = 9/2, x = 9/2, or x = 4.5
12/18/2013

Nikita D.
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