# Question #8e0b6

Nov 14, 2016

$x = 29 \text{ or } x = 3 \frac{5}{8}$
Depending on what is meant by the question.

#### Explanation:

It is not clear what is meant by the question .... there are 2 possibilities..
(This emphasises the need for clear formatting to show exactly what is intended.)

Let's solve both versions.

$\frac{x - \left(- 5\right)}{-} 8 = 3 \text{ or } x - \frac{- 5}{- 8} = 3$

$x + 5 = - 24 \text{ } \leftarrow$ cross multiply$\text{ } x - \frac{5}{8} = 3$

$x = - 24 - 5 \textcolor{w h i t e}{\times \times \times \times \times \times \times \times \times \times x} x = 3 + \frac{5}{8}$

$x = - 29 \textcolor{w h i t e}{\times \times \times \times \times \times \times \times \times \times \times \times} x = 3 \frac{5}{8}$