# A5

QUESTION: Solve the equation $5x+18=2-3x$.

ANSWER: We want the $x$ terms on one side. So, adding $3x$ to both sides, we get

$8x+18=2$

Then, subtracting 18 from both sides, we get

$8x=-16$

Finally, dividing both sides by 8, we get

$x=\dfrac{-16}{8}=-2$

Note: it’s possible to take a different route but get to the same answer. As long as your steps are mathematically correct, and your answer is -2, then you get full marks.