# How do you solve 2a-(11a-4)=2?

##### 1 Answer
Aug 20, 2017

See a solution process below:

#### Explanation:

First, remove all of the terms from parenthesis being sure to handle the signs of the individual terms correctly:

$2 a - 11 a + 4 = 2$

Next, combine like terms on the left side of the equation:

$\left(2 - 11\right) a + 4 = 2$

$- 9 a + 4 = 2$

Then, subtract $\textcolor{red}{4}$ from each side of the equation to isolate the $a$ term while keeping the equation balanced:

$- 9 a + 4 - \textcolor{red}{4} = 2 - \textcolor{red}{4}$

$- 9 a + 0 = - 2$

$- 9 a = - 2$

Now, divide each side of the equation by $\textcolor{red}{- 9}$ to solve for $a$ while keeping the equation balanced:

$\frac{- 9 a}{\textcolor{red}{- 9}} = \frac{- 2}{\textcolor{red}{- 9}}$

$\frac{\textcolor{red}{\cancel{\textcolor{b l a c k}{- 9}}} a}{\cancel{\textcolor{red}{- 9}}} = \frac{2}{9}$

$a = \frac{2}{9}$