Posted by **mary** on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 7:54pm.

-12x+10/5 = - x/20

I can't decide if I should cross multiply by -20 or just 20. The - is in the middle of the x and 20 (like a fraction)

I came up with 2 possible answers:

x=40/49 and x = 40/47

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**Damon**, Friday, April 22, 2011 at 8:02pm
I am not a big fan of the expression "cross multiply"

What you want to do here is multiply both sides, all terms by -20 (or 20 would work too)

FIRST THE WAY YOU TYPED IT (probably wrong)

-12(-20) x + 2(-20 ) = -x(-20)

240 x - 40 = 20 x

220 x = 40

x = 2/11

NOW WHAT I THINK YOU MEAN

(-12x+10)(-20)/5 = -x (-20/20)

48 x -40 = -x

49 x = 40

x = 40/49

PARENTHESES ARE IMPORTANT WHEN TYPING EQUATION ON A COMPUTER (because of order of operations)

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**Damon**, Friday, April 22, 2011 at 8:14pm
(-12x+10)(-20)/5 = -x (-20/20)

I made a sign error here

48 x -40 = +x

47 x = 40

x = 40/47

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