# How do you solve 2(3a + 2) = -8?

Jun 12, 2015

The solution is $a = - 2$.

#### Explanation:

Solve $2 \left(3 a + 2\right) = - 8$.

Distribute the $2$.

$6 a + 4 = - 8$

Subtract $4$ from both sides of the equation.

$6 a = - 12$

Divide both sides by $6$.

$a = - 2$