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The first step is to try to isolate the x term on the left.

One way to do this is to subtract 2/3 from each side.

Now we have -7/3x = 17.333

Now we multiply both sides by 3x.  That gives us

-7 = 52x

Now we divide both sides by 52.

x = -7/52


You can get the same result by multiplying both sides by 3x as the first step in solving the equation.

That gives you

-7 + 2x = 54x

Subtract 2x from each side and you have

-7 = 52x

x = -7/52

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