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

##### 1 Answer
Mar 3, 2018

$x = - \frac{5}{7}$

#### Explanation:

Times both sides by three:

$\left(- \frac{x}{3} - 5\right) \cdot 3 = 2 x \cdot 3$

$- x - 15 = 6 x$

Then add $x$ to both sides:

$- x - 5 + x = 6 x + x$

$- 5 = 7 x$

Finally, divide both sides by 7 to get $x$ on its own:

$- \frac{5}{7} = \frac{7 x}{7}$

$- \frac{5}{7} = x$

Therefore:

x=-5/7 or ≈ 0.71