First, we expand out the bracket.

`5 - (x + 2) = 5x`

`5 - x - 2 = 5x ``3 - x = 5x`

Now we recognise that it is easier to get all the *x*'s on the right side, by adding *x* to both sides :

`3 = 6x`

Now I divide both sides by 6 and swap the sides:

`x = 0.5.`

**CHECK:**

We check our answer in both sides of the equation. If it works, it must be the right answer.

LHS = `5 - (0.5 + 2) = 2.5`

RHS = `5 xx 0.5 = 2.5` = LHS.

Checks OK.

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