# Math Help - Equation

1. ## Equation

Hi There,

Can some one please help me with equation a bit rusty after after 15 years or so:

5x – 2 – 2x + 3=!

Now thinking the answer is 3x + -1! Any help please

2. Originally Posted by squidge
Hi There,

Can some one please help me with equation a bit rusty after after 15 years or so:

5x – 2 – 2x + 3=!

Now thinking the answer is 3x + -1! Any help please
You are close:
$5x - 2 - 2x + 3$

$= (5x - 2x) + (-2 + 3)$

$= 3x + 1$

-Dan