# How do you solve 3x - 5 =16?

Given $3 x - 5 = 16$
If we add $5$ to both sides, we get
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXXX}}$$3 x = 21$
Now, if we divide both sides by $3$:
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXXX}}$$x = 7$