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# combine like terms

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-4*+7=-3*-7

Guest Nov 14, 2017
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Next time, make sure not to confuse the x variables for multiplication signs. Here is the difference:

$$\times \ (multiplication \ sign)\\ x \ (variable)$$

Anyways:

$$-4x + 7=3x - 7$$

Add 4x to each side to remove the negative value of x (Rule: always subtract the lesser value when you are solving for a variable [this one was negative, so we added 4 instead of subtracting]):

$$7=7x-7$$

Add 7 to each side (Again, it is negative):

$$7x = 14$$

Divide by the coefficient of the variable you are solving for (x, coefficient is 7 so we divide each side by 7):

$$x=2$$

helperid1839321  Nov 14, 2017