# How do you solve 5s + 4= - 71?

Nov 14, 2016

$s = - 15$

#### Explanation:

You need to isolate the variable $s$ to solve the problem.

$5 s + 4 = - 71$

Subtract $4$ from both sides

$5 s = - 75$

Now, divide both sides by $5$ (the coefficient "attached" to the variable $s$)

$s = - 15$

Hope that helped!