# How do you solve 3( x + 6) = - 24?

Mar 23, 2018

$x = - 14$

#### Explanation:

$3 \left(x + 6\right) = - 24$

Use the distributive property

$\left(3\right) \left(x\right) + \left(3\right) \left(6\right) = - 24$

$3 x + 18 = - 24$

Subtract $\textcolor{red}{18}$ on both sides

$3 x + 18 - \textcolor{red}{18} = - 24 - \textcolor{red}{18}$

$3 x = - 42$

Then divide both sides by $3$

$\frac{\cancel{3} x}{\cancel{3}} = \frac{- 42}{3}$

$x = - 14$