# How do you solve 2( t + 1) = - 8?

Mar 17, 2017

$t = - 5$

#### Explanation:

Steps:

Distribute the $2$ to $\left(t + 1\right)$

$2 \left(t + 1\right) = - 8 \to 2 t + 2 = - 8$

Subtract $2$ to both sides

$2 t \cancel{+ 2 - 2} = - 8 - 2 \to 2 t = - 10$

Divide each side by $2$

$\cancel{\frac{2}{2}} t = - \frac{10}{2}$

$t = - 5$