Posted by **Amie** on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 11:46am.

5x -3 = 11 + 12x

combine like figures

add 3 to both sides to remove the 3

5x= 14+ 12x

Now I get confused. If I remove the 12x I have to subtract 12x from 5x which gives me an answer of -7x=14 would the correct answer thus be x= -2?

thanks

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**bobpursley**, Friday, November 20, 2009 at 11:48am
you have it, x=-2

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**Amie**, Friday, November 20, 2009 at 11:50am
thank you

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**Reiny**, Friday, November 20, 2009 at 11:52am
You are correct, no reason to become confused, your steps are ok

After solving any equation, you can always check your answer by simply subbing it back into equation.

If it is correct the left side (LS) will be equal to the right side (RS)

LS = 5(-2)-3 = -10-3 = -13

RS = 11 + 12(-2) = 11 - 24 = -13

YEAH!

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