OpenStudy (anonymous):

x-5=4x-38

3 years ago
OpenStudy (texaschic101):

x - 5 = 4x - 38 we want to try to get the x terms on one side and everything else on the other side so we will first subtract x from both sides. But be sure that whatever you do on one side of the equal sign, you have to do on the other side. x - x - 5 = 4x - x - 38 -- combine like terms -5 = 3x - 38 -- add 38 to both sides -5 + 38 = 3x - 38 + 38 -- combine like terms 33 = 3x -- divide both sides by 3 33/3 = x 11 = x check.. 11 - 5 = 4(11) - 38 6 = 44 - 38 6 = 6 (correct) answer : x = 11

3 years ago