How do you solve for x:  3(2-x)=-12?

Jun 28, 2016

I got x = 6

Explanation:

First, you want to use the distributive property:

If we follow that illustration, we will have to distribute the 3 to everything inside of the parenthesis to get this:

$3 \times 2$ $- 3 \times X$ $= - 12$

Let's make the equation look better by rewriting it:

$6 - 3 x = - 12$

Next, subtract 6 on both sides of the equals sign to get $- 3 x$ by itself and to remove the 6 on the left hand side of the equation:

$- 3 x = - 18$

Finally, divide by -3 on both sides of the equals sign to find x:
$\frac{- 3 x}{-} 3 = \frac{- 18}{-} 3$

Thus, $x = 6$