Bill F. answered • 12/31/12

Experienced Teacher & Tutor in Round Rock, TX

Without parentheses and brackets to isolate each term, I'm not sure I correctly read your question.

I think your problem is (-6) < [(n/9)-5]. If yes, then here's how I would solve it:

Treat the inequality sign ( < ) just as you would an equal ( = ) sign.

Get the term with n by itself on: -6 +5 < n/9, or -1 < n/9

Now multiply both sides by 9 to get n alone: (-1)(9) < (n/9)(9) or -9 < n

Now you can turn it around - just remember that n is on the "bigger than" side of the <:

n > -9