# How do you solve y+8=3?

Jul 23, 2016

$y = - 5$

#### Explanation:

Start with $y + 8 = 3$. You want to get $y$ by itself, thus you want to get rid of that $8$.
Remembering that the opposite of subtraction is addition, you subtract $8$ from both sides, to maintain the equality:
$y + 8 - 8 = 3 - 8$
This simplifies to $y = - 5$.