Can someone please explain how to solve the following? 7(a - 2) = 2a + 8 + a

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Multiply 7 by (a-2)

7a-14=2a+8+a

Simplify the right side

7a-14=3a+8

Subtract 3a to both sides

7a-3a-14=8

Add 14 to both sides

4a=8+14

4a=22

Divide both sides by 4

`a=22/4=5.5`

Verification:

7(5.5-2)=2(5.5)+8+5.5

7(3.5)=11+8+5.5

24.5=24.5

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