Posted by **deedra** on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 11:03am.

Can someone help me finish this problem I am stuck!

5/4x+1/8x=11/8+x

10/8x+1/8x=11/8+x

11/8x=11/8+x

19/8x=11/8

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**bobpursley**, Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 11:19am
No. When you had the x on the right, it was correc.

but you have to SUBTRACT x from both sides, you subtracted on the right, but added on the left.

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**Reiny**, Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 11:21am
the problem with your lack of brackets is that we can't decide if you mean

(5/4)x.... or

5/(4x) ....

I am going to take it according to your typing, so I would multiply each term by 8 to give

10x + x = 11 + 8x

3x = 11

x = 11/3

If it is the other option then your line 11/8x=11/8+x

should say

11/(8x) = 11/(8+x)

cross-multiply, then divide by 11 to get

8x = 8+x

x = 8/7

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**deedra**, Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 11:32am
(5/4)x+(1/8)x=11/8+x

(10/8)x+(1/8)x=11/8+x

(11/8)x=11/8+x

(3/8)x=11/8

Ok now I subtracted from both sides

How do I finish the problem out?

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