# Two-Step Equations and Equations with Variables

The question is, can you help me solve problems like:

5 - 2n = 8n -(-4n) ?

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In problems like the one you sent me, you basically just want to put all the terms with a variable on one side of the equation, and put all the terms without a variable on the other side. That's the first part of doing these problems. So if we do that to your problem, we get this:

5 - 2n = 8n - (-4n) First, cancel the two negatives.

5 - 2n = 8n + 4n Now you add the two things on the right together

5 - 2n = 12n Now we want to get all the terms that have

an "n" in ...

#### Solution Summary

This solution explains in a step-by-step process how to solve the problem: 5 - 2n = 8n -(-4n).

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