# Math Help - Need Some Direction

1. ## Need Some Direction

I have a few problems like the following to solve. What is the best method to use?

-5x/6 -8 = -18

The -5x is the numerator and 6 is the denominator followed by a minus 8 equal to minus 18.
Thanks in advance.

2. Originally Posted by zerbe
I have a few problems like the following to solve. What is the best method to use?

-5x/6 -8 = -18

The -5x is the numerator and 6 is the denominator followed by a minus 8 equal to minus 18.
Thanks in advance.
$-\frac{5x}{6}-8=-18$

Multiply each term by 6 to eliminate the fraction.

$-5x-48=-108$

Add 48 to both sides

$-5x=-60$

Finally, divide by -5

$x=12$