# How do you solve 5(x − 1) − (x + 5) = 2?

Jun 20, 2018

By opening up the brackets.

#### Explanation:

$5 \left(x - 1\right) = 5 x - 5$

Next, you can form a "new" equation.

$5 x - 5 - x - 5 = 2$

Group the values of $x$ at one side, and the values without $x$ at another.

$5 x - x = 2 + 5 + 5$

You can now solve the problem by simple subtraction.

$4 x = 12$

$x = 3$