How do you solve 0.5(2x+8)=x-4?

Jan 8, 2017

See explanation.

$0.5 \left(x + 8\right) = x - 4$

First step is to multiply the expression in brackets on the left side by $0.5$:

$x + 4 = x - 4$

Now we can move the unknown $x$ to left side and the numbers to right side:

$0 = - 8$

The last equality is false, so the original equation has no solutions.