# How to solve algebra equation?

Today, I saw this equation on an assessment in class. Before I handed it in, I was sure to copy it down so I could ask for some help here.

Alright, I had a lot of work down, and I always messed up on one step near the end (which I don't remember, nor can I find out as I don't have the sheet with me). So if anyone can guide me through this problem, that would be great.

$4[x-(3-2x)]+5 = 3(x+11)$

• So start writing. Show your steps, and we can point out where the trouble is. – MPW Sep 3 '14 at 2:50

4(x-3+2x)+5 = 3x+33

12x-7 = 3x+33

9x = 40

x = 40/9

• Looks like you just gave a man a fish... :( – MPW Sep 3 '14 at 2:51
• The King takes no criticism! – King Squirrel Sep 3 '14 at 2:53
• I actually laughed out loud. – layman Sep 3 '14 at 2:54
• How did -2x become +2x in your first step? – Math878 Sep 3 '14 at 2:55
• @KingSquirrel OHH. It seems like that's where I messed up originally. – Math878 Sep 3 '14 at 3:02