# Thread: Basic Algebra - Solving the expression

1. ## Basic Algebra - Solving the expression

I have the following expression -

(5+4/3)x-(10/3)=-16

x=-2

Can someone please show me the steps to x=-2 as I am not getting this when checking my workings.

Thanks

2. ## Re: Basic Algebra - Solving the expression

Hi there,

(5+4/3)x-(10/3)=-16

(5+4/3)x=-16+(10/3)

(19/3)x=-(38/3)

x=-(38/3)/(19/3)

x = -114/57

x=-2, here it is

3. ## Re: Basic Algebra - Solving the expression

Thanks - I can see where I was going wrong.

-16 needs to be multiplied by 3 in order to have a common denominator with 10/3.