# How do you solve #0.5(2x - 4) = -17#?

##### 2 Answers

May 30, 2018

#### Explanation:

#"distribute the bracket"#

#x-2=-17#

#"add 2 to both sides"#

#xcancel(-2)cancel(+2)=-17+2#

#x=-15#

#color(blue)"As a check"# Substitute this value into the left side of the equation and if equal to the right side then it is the solution.

#0.5(-30-4)=0.5xx-34=-17#

#x=-15" is the solution"#

May 30, 2018

#### Explanation:

Double both sides

Add 4 to both sides

Divide both sides by 2