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# How would you find x in 2(x-6)=-18 using more than two steps?

How would you find x in 2(x-6)=-18
Using two steps or more.

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Dattaprabhakar G. | Expert Tutor for Stat and Math at all levelsExpert Tutor for Stat and Math at all le...
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Ruby:

Another way of doing the problem in at least two steps.

2(x-6)=-18

Step 1: Expand the bracket on the left.  2x - 12 = - 18

Step 2: Add 12 to both sides.  2x - 12 + 12 = - 18 + 12. that is, 2x = -6

Step 3: Divide both sides by 2: (2/2)x = (-6/2), that is, x = -3.  Done.

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Dattaprabhakar (Dr. G.)
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Robert A. | Certified Teacher and Engineer - Tutoring Physics, Maths, and SciencesCertified Teacher and Engineer - Tutorin...
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Let's do it one small step at a time.

2(x-6)=-18         divide both sides by 2
2(x-6)=-18
2        2          2/2 = 1  and  -18/2 = -9
x-6 =-9            add 6 to both sides
x-6 +6 = -9+6      -6 +6 = 0   -9=6 = -3
So
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