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

Jun 13, 2016

$x = - 2 \frac{1}{2}$

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)

$x - 3 + 3 = - 5 \frac{1}{2} + 3$

$x = - 2 \frac{1}{2}$