question is 1 minus 5(y) equals negative 2Hi Judy,
Think of the equation as a balance with equal weights on the two sides of the equal sign. You start with 1 - 5y on one side and -2 on the other.
The goal is to move the weights around, all the time maintaining the balance, and end with only y on the left side of the equal sign and a number on the right. That is
To start, in the equation
I don't want the number 1 on the left side so add -1 to both sides. This will maintain the balance and give
-5y = -3
Now divide both sides by -5 to get