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You can think of the equation as a balance with the equal sign at the balance point and equal amounts on either side so that the balance doesn't tip. You want to manipulate what is on both sides, always maintaining the balance and end with an equation of the form
First I want to remove the 8 from the left side of the equation. I can do this and maintain the balance (equality) by adding 8 to each side. Thus
I am almost there. Divide both sides by 5. This maintains the equality and gives
Now try your equation.  


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