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Hi, Caitlin.

To solve equations like this type, make sure to follow three steps:

1) Simplify both sides of the equation

2) Make sure there is only a variable term (letters) on one side of the equation

3) Think "opposite" - that is, do opposite operations in the opposite order of operations

-6 (4 - t) = 12t

1) The left side is not simplified. We can take care of that by distributing the negative 6 to both members of the ( )'s grouping:

-24 + 6t = 12t

2) We have variable terms on both sides of the equation.

-24 + 6t = 12t

- 6t - 6t

-24 = 6t

3) Now think opposite operation on what's preventing the letter from being alone. The t is being multiplied by 6... so we divide by 6 on both sides:

-24 = 6t

6 6

-4 = t

Or t = -4 to say it "frontwards."

If you are asked to check your answer, put the value of -4 in place of **
t** in the original problem:

-6 (4 - **t**) = 12**t**

-6 (4 - (**-4**)) = 12(**-4**)

-6 (4 + 4) = 12 • -4

-6 • 8 = 12 • -4

-48 = -48

It worked!