# How do you solve the equation -1/3(x-15)=-48?

Oct 3, 2016

$x = 159$

#### Explanation:

We are given that:

$- \frac{1}{3} \left(x - 15\right) = - 48$

Multiply both sides by $- 3$. Why do I choose $- 3$?

$\left(x - 15\right) = 144$

Add $15$ to both sides.

$\left(x - 15\right) + 15 = 144 + 15$

$x = 159$.