# Math Help - Help college alg

1. ## Help college alg

(3x-4)-(5x-8)=-(x+12)-6+1

i've worked it out mult. ways and i keep getting stuck.
please if i can have some guidence one how to start it, to make sure i'm on the right track.

my last answer left me at

(-5x+ )(x+ ) ???

2. Originally Posted by b_austintx
(3x-4)-(5x-8)=-(x+12)-6+1

i've worked it out mult. ways and i keep getting stuck.
please if i can have some guidence one how to start it, to make sure i'm on the right track.

my last answer left me at

(-5x+ )(x+ ) ???

Maybe the reason that you are getting stuck is because you don't have to factor at all.

$(3x-4)-(5x-8)=-(x+12)-6+1$
$3x-4-5x+8=-x-12-6+1$
$-2x+4=-x-17$
$x=-21$

By the way, you should post these types of problems in the pre-algebra algebra sub-forum