In my problem that I have I came up with an answer that 0 = -38, what does this mean when i come up with this?

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psteele76 wrote:In my problem that I have I came up with an answer that 0 = -38, what does this mean when i come up with this?

Without being able to see what the original inequality was, what your steps were, or how the inequality became an equality (such as "0 = -38", with an "equals" sign instead of an inequality symbol), it is difficult to comment on accuracy or meaning.

Please reply showing your steps. Thank you!

I am sorry it starts off as an equality not an inequality! My original problem is -11(8 - x) = x - 10(5 - x).

I did the problem this way: -11(8 - x) = x - 10(5 - x)

-88 + 11x = x - 50 + 10x

- 10x - 10x

-88 + x = x - 50

+50 + 50

-38 + x = x

-x -x

-38 = 0

I just would like to know what this means I don't understand; although, my professor says I am correct. Thank you!

I did the problem this way: -11(8 - x) = x - 10(5 - x)

-88 + 11x = x - 50 + 10x

- 10x - 10x

-88 + x = x - 50

+50 + 50

-38 + x = x

-x -x

-38 = 0

I just would like to know what this means I don't understand; although, my professor says I am correct. Thank you!

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psteele76 wrote:I just would like to know what this means....

When you attempt to solve an equation, you are assuming that there

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