# What does X represent in this problem 5-2X=12

x=-3.5 works
answered Dec 4, 2013 by anonymous
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X=4             5-2(X)=12      3X=12      3X/3=12/3     X=4

check  5-2(4)=12         3(4)=12
answered Dec 4, 2013 by Novice (200 points)
5-2x=12
5-2(8.5)=12
5-17=12
So x= 8.5
answered Dec 4, 2013 by Inquisitive Expert (111,120 points)
I think you have just solved 5-2x=-12 and not 5-2x=12
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5-2x=12

5- -2x=12

5++2x=12

x=3.5
answered Dec 4, 2013 by Novice (160 points)
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5-12=2X -7=2X X=-3.5
answered Dec 4, 2013 by Novice (160 points)
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5-2x=12

(if you change the side, you change the sign.  take the negative 2x to the right it becomes positive and bring the positive 12 to the left it becomes negative)

Therefore

5-12=2x

-7 = 2x

(Bring the multiply by 2 on the right it becomes divide by 2)

-7/2 =x

-3.5 = x
answered Dec 4, 2013 by Member (420 points)
edited Dec 4, 2013
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the x means 2times what equals 12 (hope that helped!)
answered Dec 10, 2013 by anonymous
X in a sum means times for ex 1x1=1
answered Dec 14, 2013 by Member (460 points)
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The X represents multiply

answered Dec 14, 2013 by doger