What does x equal?
First you can combine like terms on the right side of the equation: 8x - 5x = 3x
So now your equation is: -27 = 3x
Dividing both sides by 3 yields: -9 = x
So x = -9
What does x equal?
First you can combine like terms on the right side of the equation: 8x - 5x = 3x
So now your equation is: -27 = 3x
Dividing both sides by 3 yields: -9 = x
So x = -9