How do you solve #x - 3 = - 5 1/2#?

1 Answer
Jun 13, 2016

Answer:

#x = - 2 1/2#

Explanation:

Usually students are put off by questions with fractions.
This one is really easy if you just follow the basics of equations.

To isolate the #x# term on the left, add 3 to both sides. This will get rid of the -3.
Add 3 to the fraction on the right. (move 3 up the number line)

#x -3 +3 = -5 1/2 +3#

#x = - 2 1/2#