translate into an equation then solve

the sum of x and five subtracted from eight times x is the same as thirteen plus the product of two and the difference of x and two

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- Apr 22nd 2006, 05:32 PM #1

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- Apr 22nd 2006, 05:46 PM #2

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Originally Posted by**maxmac97**

Thus, watch those signs

$\displaystyle 9x-5=13+2x-4$

Subtract $\displaystyle 2x$ from both sides,

$\displaystyle 7x-5=9$

Add 5,

$\displaystyle 7x=14$

Thus,

$\displaystyle x=14/7=2$.

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I am confused by

difference of x and two

$\displaystyle |x-2|$

That is the wording that holds me in confusion.

- Apr 23rd 2006, 10:35 AM #3