# A hard problem

##### New member
Ok, I went over this problem about 20 times(literaly) on a test I just had. No matter what I did, I couldn't get it to balance out. I was wondering if anyone could help me out.

3-2(4x-1)=2x-6-4

If you could go over the steps, so I can see what I did wrong, I would apreciate it.

#### Denis

##### Senior Member
Ok, I went over this problem about 20 times(literaly) on a test I just had. No matter what I did, I couldn't get it to balance out. I was wondering if anyone could help me out.
3-2(4x-1)=2x-6-4
If you could go over the steps, so I can see what I did wrong, I would apreciate it.
Really? It's actually quite easy;
left side: 3 - 8x + 2 : -2 * -1 = +2
right side: 2x - 10 : -6-4 = -10
SO:
2x - 10 = 3 - 8x + 2
2x - 10 = 5 - 8x
10x = 15
x = 15/10 = 3/2

Why were you having a problem?

##### New member
thanks. I just had so much math to do the day before, that when it came to the test, I was over-stressed and making careless mistakes. I know at one point I was adding instead of multiplying. I also see that I was getting the positive and negatives messed up.

#### Luvvolleyball15

##### New member
how did you do that problem? i don't quite understand a few steps.

#### Denis

##### Senior Member
What is it you don't understand, VB?

##### New member
Wow, I feel even more like an idiot. I was just looking over the question from the test, And I posted it wrong. It was 3-2(4x-1)=2x-6-4x. That compleatly changes everything from the problem, but for the most part I did get it right. So I figure I should put it up, so if someone needs help, they can see how it was done.

3-2(4x-1)=5-8x
2x-6-4x=-2x-6
5-8x=-2x-6
+2x +2x
5-6x=-6
-5 -5
-6x=-11
-6x/6=-11/-6
x=11/6

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