Hi, JeffM, yes, that's the correct layout. (How do you make the format stay put?)

I don't know why my course would put something in we haven't learned yet. I hadn't learned clearing fractions, but by googling that term, reading here:

https://www.varsitytutors.com/hotmath/hotmath_help/topics/solving-multi-step-linear-equations-with-fractions, and then studying what that page did and you did, it seems to be dividing the LCD by the denominator. Okay.

But I still have no idea how to find out what x would be. And that's because these steps haven't appeared in the course yet. What a dumb course I'm in, argh! They offered bonus marks for being able to magically do it, but I think I need to move on, answer it *after* they teach it.

Jomo, I have to cross-multiply (for the query tkhunny gave). The course requires that we show our work in they way they teach it.