Can someone please walk me through the steps for this? Solve for x. –3(x + 1) = 2(x – 8) + 3

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-3(x+1) = 2(x-8) + 3

first you multipy, then combine terms

so multiplying we get

-3x - 3 = 2x - 16 +3

Now combine get like terms on the same side of the equation

-3x - 2x = 3 - 16 + 3 (got here by adding 3 to both sides and subtracting -2x from both sides)

Combine

-5x = -10

Divide both sides by -5

x = 2 This is the solution

Hi Abby

–3(x + 1) = 2(x – 8) + 3

Let's distribute the -3 on the left side, and the 2 on the right side...

-3x-3=2x-16+3

-3x-3=2x-13

Add 3 to both sides...

-3x-3+3=2x-13+3

-3x=2x-10

Subtract 2x from both sides...

-3x-2x=2x-10-2x

-5x=-10

Divide both sides by -5...

(-5x)/-5=-10/-5

Let's check our work...

–3(x + 1) = 2(x – 8) + 3

–3(2 + 1) = 2(2 – 8) + 3

-3(3)=2(-6)+3

-9=-12+3

-9=-9

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