How do you solve #3(2x - 5) - 2(4x + 1) = -5(x + 3) -2#?

1 Answer
Mar 31, 2018

Answer:

#x=0#

Explanation:

Given
#color(white)("XXX")color(magenta)(3(2x-5))-color(lime)(2(4x+1))=color(brown)(-5(x+3))-2#

Expanding each term
#color(white)("XXX")color(magenta)(""(6x-15))-color(lime)(""(8x+2))=color(brown)(""(-5x-15))-2#

Combining like terms on the left and right sides
#color(white)("XXX")-2x-17=-5x-17#

with the obvious solution
#color(white)("XXX")x=0#