# How do you solve for w in 7(w + 20) - w = 5?

Sep 28, 2014

We can solve the question using the distributive property.

$7 \left(w + 20\right) - w = 5$

$\left(7 \cdot w\right) + \left(7 \cdot 20\right) - w = 5$

$7 w + 140 - w = 5$

$6 w + 140 = 5$

Subtracting 140 from both sides

$6 w + 140 - 140 = 5 - 140$

$6 w = - 135$

$w = - \frac{135}{6} = - 22.5$