# How do you solve 16 m + 3 5 = 3?

Oct 18, 2016

This problem is solved by isolating the variable, so that we determine that $m = - 2$.

#### Explanation:

1. Subtract $35$ from both sides. This gets the $16$m by itself. It is necessary to perform this operation on both sides to maintain the balance of the equation.
$16 m + 35 - 35 = 3 - 35$
2. Divide both sides by $16$. This gets the $m$ by itself. Again, it is necessary to perform this on both sides so that the equation stays balanced.
$\frac{16 m}{16} = \frac{3 - 35}{16}$

3. Simplify.
$m = - 2$