# How do you solve #96= 2( - 8- 8x )#?

You use the distributive property, then solve for

You first need to use the distributive property to get rid of the brackets.

What is the distributive property?

You multiply everything in the bracket with the number on the outside of the bracket.

For you, you would do.

That gives you,

Now your new equation is

Now, you ALWAYS want to isolate your variable when you're solving these kinds of questions, and in order to isolate it, you need to get rid of the number in front of the variable.

HOWEVER, first make sure that all the numbers are on one side and the variable is on one side.

Now you'll have

Now you have,

Now you have

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To solve the equation 96 = 2(-8 - 8x):

- Distribute the 2: 96 = -16 - 16x
- Add 16 to both sides: 96 + 16 = -16x
- Simplify: 112 = -16x
- Divide both sides by -16: x = -7

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