# How do you solve x − 6 = 11?

Jul 22, 2016

$\textcolor{m a \ge n t a}{\text{x=17}}$

#### Explanation:

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$x \cancel{-} 6 = 11$
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{a a} \cancel{+} 6 + 6$

Now, on the left side you are just left with $x$ since (-6)+6 = 0. On the right side you end up with 17 because 11+6 = 17.

Thus,

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