# If 5(x - 4) + 2 = -173, what is the value of x

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LouliAnswer: x = -31 Explanation: To get the value of x, we will need to isolate the x on one side of the equation. This can be done as follows: 5(x-4) + 2 = -173 1- get rid of the brackets: 5x - 5(4) + 2 = -173 5x - 20 + 2 = -173 2- Combine like terms: 5x - 20 + 2 = -173 5x - 18 = -173 5x = -173 + 18 5x = -155 3- Get rid of the coefficient of the x: 5x = -155 x = -155/5 x = -31 Hope this helps :)

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lwilliams288315x-20+2= -173 5x-18= -173 5x= -155 x= -31 First, you multiply everything in parentheses by 5 and then add the 2. Next, you subtract 20-2 which will give you -18. Then, you add 18 to both sides which will give you -155. Finally, you divide -155 by 5 to give you a final answer of -31.