# How do you solve 7(4 - 2x) + 16 + 2x = 12?

Here you have an equation. First solve the brackets by multiplyinf $7$ times the content of it:
$28 - 14 x + 16 + 2 x = 12$
Now collect all the $x$s on the left and the numbers on the right remembering to change sign when crossing the equal sign:
$- 14 x + 2 x = - 28 - 16 + 12$
$- 12 x = - 32$
Now get rid of the $- 12$ in front of the $x$: It is multiplying so it passes to the right dividing!
$x = - \frac{32}{-} 12 = \frac{8}{3}$