# how do you solve the problem (3x+2) - 2(x+4)=7

Matthew Fonda | eNotes Employee

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First start by simplifying the right hand side:

(3x + 2) - 2(x+4)

= 3x + 2 - 2x - 8 (multiply through second part by -2)

= x - 6 (combine like terms)

Now we just have to solve: x - 6 = 7

x = 13 (add 6 to each side)

zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Since this includes paranthesis, you have to do the order of operations by PEMDAS

(3x+2) - 2(x+4)=7

(3x+2)-2x-8=7

Now move all the numbers to one side and the variables on another

3x-2x=7+8-2

x=13

jess1999 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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( 3x + 2 ) - 2 ( x + 4 ) = 7

First distribute the -2

By distributing your equation will look like

3x + 2 - 2x - 8 = 7 Now combine the like terms

By combining the like terms, your equation should look like

x - 6 = 7 now add 6 on both sides

atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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`(3x+2) - 2(x+4)=7`

`3x+2-2x-8=7 ` combine like terms

`3x-2x+2-8=7`

x-6=7   now add 6 on both sides

+6 +6

x=13