# How do you solve -4.52=3.2p+1.48?

Dec 23, 2016

$p = - 1.875$

#### Explanation:

First, isolate the $p$ term ($3.2 p$) on the right side of the equation while keeping the equation balanced:

$- 4.52 - \textcolor{red}{1.48} = 3.2 p + 1.48 - \textcolor{red}{1.48}$

$- 6 = 3.2 p + \textcolor{red}{0}$

$- 6 = 3.2 p$

Now, solve for $p$ and keep the equation balanced by dividing each side of the equation by $3.2$:

$\frac{- 6}{\textcolor{red}{3.2}} = \frac{3.2 p}{\textcolor{red}{3.2}}$

$- 1.875 = \frac{\textcolor{red}{\cancel{\textcolor{b l a c k}{3.2}}} p}{\textcolor{red}{\cancel{\textcolor{b l a c k}{3.2}}}}$

$- 1.875 = p$

or

$p = - 1.875$