# How do you solve #3x+16=5x+8#?

##### 1 Answer

More detail of process

#### Explanation:

You need to end up with one

The existing LHS (left hand side) needs to have the 16 removed so that you just have the

Remove all of the 16 from LHS by subtraction. (Subtraction in this context is removal). Note that using subtraction in this context turns the existing value to 0 and anything + 0 does not change the overall value.

What you do to the left you also do to the right to maintain the 'truth' of the equation. The brackets are there just to show you the original parts of the equation.

Now we need to 'remove' all of the

To end up with just

Divide both sides by (-2)

Divide a negative by another negative changes the outcome to positive.