Posted by jack on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 5:18pm.
I have a feeling you meant:
(a-2)/6 - 5 = (a+3)/3
multiply each term by 6
a-2 + 30 = 2a + 6
-a = 6+2-30
a = 22
the way you typed it, the equation would simplify to
a - 1/3 - 5 = a + 1
the a's would drop out, and there would be no solution.