# How do you solve  | x + 3 | = 5?

Jul 4, 2018

$x = 2 , - 8$

#### Explanation:

Given: $| x + 3 | = 5$.

Since $| \pm 5 | = 5$, we get:

$x + 3 = \pm 5$

$x = \pm 5 - 3$

${x}_{1} = 5 - 3 = 2$

${x}_{2} = - 5 - 3 = - 8$

$\therefore x = 2 , - 8$