# Math Help - Linear Equation

1. ## Linear Equation

Hi,
I am stuck on how to solve this:

2x - [3 + (x-5)] = 6

I know the answer if 4, but not how to get it!

If anyone can help, I'd be really grateful.
Victoria

2. $2x - (3 + (x - 5)) = 6$

$2x - (3 + x - 5) = 6$

$2x - (x - 2) = 6$

$2x - x + 2 = 6$

$x + 2 = 6$

$x = 4$

3. ## Thank you, Ice Man!

I thought I had to keep (x-5) in tact.
So grateful,
Victoria

4. [quote=vburmester;195468]Hi,
I am stuck on how to solve this:

2x - [3 + (x-5)] = 6

I know the answer if 4, but not how to get it!

If anyone can help, I'd be really grateful.
Victoria

2x-3-x+5=6 (2x-x=x)
So, x+2=6
x=6-2=4
So, x=4
Always, when before the (..) you have the "minus" sign, the numbers out of the (..), are always with opposite signs.