# How do you solve 3x - (-24 - x) = 60?

Jan 30, 2016

x = 4

#### Explanation:

distribute to obtain

3x + 24 + x = 60

collect 'like terms' → 4x +24 = 60

subtract 24 from both sides to obtain 4x = 16

divide both sides by 4

hence x = 4

Jan 31, 2016

$x = 9$

#### Explanation:

$3 x - \left(- 24 - x\right) = 60$

Change signs for subtracting:

$\rightarrow 3 x + 24 + x = 60$

$\rightarrow 4 x + 24 = 60$

$\rightarrow 4 x = 60 - 24$

$\rightarrow 4 x = 36$

$\rightarrow x = \frac{36}{4} = 9$