# How do you solve 3(2a - 8) = 8a - 12?

Jun 7, 2018

$a = - 6$

#### Explanation:

Let's start by distributing the $3$ to both of the terms in the parenthesis on the left. We get

$6 a - 24 = 8 a - 12$

Let's add $24$ to both sides to get

$6 a = 8 a + 12$

Next, let's get our variables on the left side. This can be done by subtracting $8 a$ from both sides. We get

$- 2 a = 12$

Our last step is dividing both sides by $- 2$, which gives us

$a = - 6$

Hope this helps!