How do you solve - 23x - 18 = 0?

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Mar 9, 2018

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First, add $\textcolor{red}{18}$ to each side of the equation to isolate the $x$ term while keeping the equation balanced:

$- 23 x - 18 + \textcolor{red}{18} = 0 + \textcolor{red}{18}$

$- 23 x - 0 = 18$

$- 23 x = 18$

Now, divide each side of the equation by $\textcolor{red}{- 23}$ to solve for $x$ while keeping the equation balanced:

$\frac{- 23 x}{\textcolor{red}{- 23}} = \frac{18}{\textcolor{red}{- 23}}$

$\frac{\textcolor{red}{\cancel{\textcolor{b l a c k}{- 23}}} x}{\cancel{\textcolor{red}{- 23}}} = - \frac{18}{23}$

$x = - \frac{18}{23}$

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