S Subhotosh Khan Super Moderator Staff member Joined Jun 18, 2007 Messages 18,134 May 11, 2011 #2 DJL said: Is 5 (x + 4) = 8 is 5x=12? Click to expand... No... 5(x+4) = 8 5*x + 5*4 = 8 5x + 20 = 8 5x + 20 - 20 = 8 - 20 5x = -12 Watch that negative sign in front of 12!!

DJL said: Is 5 (x + 4) = 8 is 5x=12? Click to expand... No... 5(x+4) = 8 5*x + 5*4 = 8 5x + 20 = 8 5x + 20 - 20 = 8 - 20 5x = -12 Watch that negative sign in front of 12!!