what x equals?

Hello Kevin, Here is how to solve for X

step 1: put all the x terms on one side by minusing the 4x from the left side and moving it to the right side like this

5-7=4x-4x+8-2x

step 2: isolate the x terms by taking the 8 and moving it to the left side of the equation by minusing it from the right side.

5-7-8=4x-4x-2x

step 3: simplify like terms by applying adition and subtraction properties to both sides like this

-10=-2x

step 4: divide both sides by 2 to finish solving for x

x = 5