# SOLUTION: 5b+2(b+1)=16 can you help solve the equation. What is the formula?

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 Question 154685: 5b+2(b+1)=16 can you help solve the equation. What is the formula?Found 2 solutions by oscargut, nerdybill:Answer by oscargut(891)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website! then then then then Answer by nerdybill(6962)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!When you are "solving" something like: 5b+2(b+1)=16 . What they are asking you to do is to "isolate" the unknown (in this case, b) to one side of the equation -- doesn't matter which side. . 5b+2(b+1)=16 Start by distributing the 2 to each term inside the parentheses: 5b+(2b+2)=16 Combining like-terms on the left: 7b+2 = 16 Subtracting 2 from both sides: 7b = 14 Finally, divide both sides by 7: b = 2 (this is your answer)