# How do you solve  3(x - 5) + 8 = -14.8?

Use the distributive property to get $3 x - 15 + 8 = - 14.8$. Combine like terms $3 x - 7 = - 14.8$. Add 7 to each side to get $3 x = - 7.8$. Divide each side by 3 to get $x = - 2.6$.