# How do you solve 0.5m+17.6=5?

Mar 24, 2017

See the entire solution process below:

#### Explanation:

Step 1) subtract $\textcolor{red}{17.6}$ from each side of the equation to isolate the $m$ term while keeping the equation balanced:

$0.5 m + 1.76 - \textcolor{red}{17.6} = 5 - \textcolor{red}{17.6}$

$0.5 m + 0 = - 12.6$

$0.5 m = - 12.6$

Step 2) Divide each side of the equation by $\textcolor{red}{0.5}$ to solve for $m$ while keeping the equation balanced:

$\frac{0.5 m}{\textcolor{red}{0.5}} = - \frac{12.6}{\textcolor{red}{0.5}}$

$\frac{\textcolor{red}{\cancel{\textcolor{b l a c k}{0.5}}} m}{\cancel{\textcolor{red}{0.5}}} = - 25.2$

$m = - 25.2$