# How do you solve -5x - 10 = 2 - (x + 4) ?

Jan 16, 2017

The solution is -2

#### Explanation:

$- 5 x - 10 = 2 - \left(x + 4\right)$

$- 5 x - 10 = 2 - x - 4$

when minus is in front of brackets, it 'changes' minus into plus in the brackets and vice versa

$- 5 x + x = 2 - 4 + 10$

$- 4 x = 8$

$x = - \frac{8}{4}$

$x = - 2$