Need help solving this equation please!

swty2crazy

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I need to solve and check the following equation.

5x + 8 + 3x - x + 5 = 6x - 3

So far I have 5x + 3x + x =9x to work the first half of the problem. I am unsure if I did this right. The second half of the problem I have 6x -3 is 1. This algebra is all new to me I need help breaking this down properly so I know if I am on the right track here.
 

stapel

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How did you go from:

. . . . .5x + 8 + 3x - 1x + 5 = 6x - 3

...to:

. . . . .5x + 3x + 1x = 9x

What do you mean by "the first half" and the "second half" of the problem?

Please reply showing all of your steps. Thank you.

Eliz.
 

Gene

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Try thinking of x's as apples or cents.
5 apples + 3 apples - 1 apple = ? apples
5 cents + 3 cents - 1 cent = ? cents
x's and cents act the same way. They are just names of things you are counting.
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Gene
 
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