# How do you solve 3= - \frac { 5} { x + 3}?

May 15, 2018

$x = - \frac{14}{3}$

#### Explanation:

$3 = - \frac{5}{x + 3}$
$3 \left(x + 3\right) = - 5$
$3 x + 9 = - 5$
$3 x = - 14$
$x = - \frac{14}{3}$

Multiply by $\left(x + 3\right)$ on both sides first. Next distribute the $3$ into $\left(x + 3\right)$. Then use PEMDAS to solve.