# How do you solve 2(x+5) = x-8 ?

Apr 15, 2017

#### Answer:

$x = - 18$

#### Explanation:

Simplify both sides if possible

$2 \left(x + 5\right) = x - 8$

Using the distributive property, simplify the left hand side of the equation

$2 x + 10 = x - 8$

Group like terms. Remember, when you take a figure or a variable to the other side of the equation, the sign changes.

$2 x - x = - 8 - 10$

Simplify

$x = - 18$