# How do you solve -16j+1=-17j+20?

May 3, 2018

$j = 19$

#### Explanation:

$- 16 j + 1 = - 17 j + 20$

Group your like terms together on one side of the equation

$- 16 j + 17 j = 20 - 1$

$j = 19$

May 3, 2018

$j = 19$

#### Explanation:

We want to solve for the variable $j$, so we have to make it alone.

First, let's subtract $\textcolor{b l u e}{1}$ from both sides of the equation:
$- 16 j + 1 \quad \textcolor{b l u e}{- \quad 1} = - 17 j + 20 \quad \textcolor{b l u e}{- \quad 1}$

$- 16 j = - 17 j + 19$

Now add $\textcolor{b l u e}{17 j}$ to both sides of the equation:

$- 16 j \quad \textcolor{b l u e}{+ \quad 17 j} = - 17 j + 19 \quad \textcolor{b l u e}{+ \quad 17 j}$

Therefore,
$j = 19$

Hope this helps!