Posted by **Mat** on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 8:40pm.

how do i figure this out step by step?

3x-7=5x+13

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**Emily**, Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 8:43pm
Start out by writing out the equation again.

3x-7=5x+13

Bring all variables and constants to either sides of the equation.

3x-7=5x+13

-2x=20

Finally, solve for x.

-2x=20

x=-10

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**Emily(teacher)**, Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 8:47pm
The goal of the problem is to get the x by itself and figure out what x is. The first thing you should do is work with the whole numbers 7 and 13.

3x-7=5x+13

add 7 to both sides. By adding 7 to both sides you are not changing the equation but equaling it out. the new equation should be

3x=5x+20

Now subtract 5x from each side

your new equation should be

-2x=20

divide each side by -2

-2x/-2=20/-2

x= -10

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**Mat**, Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 10:00pm
Thanks Emily Teacher!

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