How do you solve this equation for x? 3(x  6) + 8 = 5(x + 2)  8 3(x  6)+ 8 = 5(x + 2)  8 3x  18 + 8 = 5x + 10  8 {used distributive property} 3x  10 = 5x + 2 {combined like terms} 2x = 12 {subtracted 5x and added 10 to each side} x =  6 {divided each side by 2}  Algebra House
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