# How do you solve -6x + 2( x + 2) = x - 11?

Mar 28, 2017

$x = 3$

#### Explanation:

$- 6 x + 2 \left(x + 2\right) = x - 11$

First simplify each side of the equation if possible.

$- 6 x + 2 x + 4 = x - 11$
$- 4 x + 4 = x - 11$

Now group like terms. Remember, when you take a term to the other side, the sign changes.You can take $x$ to the left side to make it $- 4 x - x$ but you would want to avoid negatives so take $- 4 x$ to the right side instead.

$4 + 11 = x + 4 x$
$15 = 5 x$

Divide both sides by $5$

$\frac{15}{5} = \frac{\cancel{5} x}{\cancel{5}}$

$x = 3$