**Re: Need help for daughter...we don't understand**

you want to begin by isolating the variable x on one side. Start by adding 24 to either side, this will eliminate the -24 on the left hand side

-8x - 24 + 24= -29 + (1/3) + 24

-8x = -5 + (1/3)

Now divide both sides by -8 to get x by itself.

-8x/8 = (-5 + (1/3))/-8

x = (-16/3) / -8

x = 2/3

check by plugging (2/3) back into the original equation:

-8x - 24 = -29 + (1/3)

-8(2/3) - 24 = -88/3

(-16/3) - 24 = -88/3

-88/3 = -88/3

"What you do to one side, you must do to the other to keep the equation balanced"

Cheers,

John