please help im confused
First, look at the terms, you have two instances of x and the rest of the terms are numbers. Since there aren't any other letters, this tells you that in this problem, x is an unknown, not a variable. You must isolate x on one side and that will give you the value of x.
Break up the problem into small pieces. When you see parenthesis and a number in front, that indicates that you must use the distribution property. There are two instances of this.
4(x - 1) + (-1)(x + 6) = 2
Distribute the 4
4x - 4 + (-1)(x + 6) = 2
Distrubte the -1
4x - 4 - x - 6 = 2
Now rearrange terms. You can do this because you can add a bunch of numbers in any order you want
4x - x - 4 - 6 = 2
Combine like terms, those with an x and those without.
3x - 10 = 2
Add 10 to both sides to remove it from the left side.
10 + 3x - 10 = 2 + 10
3x = 12
And finally, isolate x by dividing both sides of the equation by 3
x = 4
And there you have it! See, break it up into tiny pieces and the problem becomes much easier.