# SOLUTION: A common mistake when solving equations is the following: The equation: 2(x - 2) = x + 3 First step in solving: 2x - 2 = x + 3

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Linear-equations Question 86056: A common mistake when solving equations is the following: The equation: 2(x - 2) = x + 3 First step in solving: 2x - 2 = x + 3 Answer by bucky(2189)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Given the equation: . . Your first step results in: . . You have made a mistake in the distributive multiplication on the left side. You must multiply the 2 times both quantities in the parentheses. You only multiplied the 2 times the 2x and you forgot to multiply it times the -2 also. If you had done that you would have gotten: . . Subtracting x from both sides you would then get: . . and then adding 4 to both sides would result in: . . Hope this helps you to understand the problem and where the mistake was made.