This eventually works out to an = thing on the right side so that-

= x-5 so that

x-5= x-8 +

Combining like terms: -8+9 = 1; and then I subtract 1 and x from both sides to get just a -6 on the left side.

After calculating all this out I came up with 9, but 9 doesn't work. The book says that the answer is 0 with a slash through it. Does that mean no solution because 9 is the only answer and doesn't check? I also checked it with zero and came up with

That can't be right... right?

I thinkthismay be the problem: I'm thinking that my error may be in Does that come out to

which when squared =

which =

Meanwhile on the left side I have 36, derived from so that-

: Add 288 to both sides to get

324 divided by 36x=

I realized I've skipped over some steps for the sake of brevity, so if some clarity is needed I'm happy to provide. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.