In this example, we need to subtract 3 from both sides; then divide both sides by `-2` (remembering to change the direction of the inequality).






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(Note the change in sense due to dividing by a negative number)

Check: Always check your solution and you can be sure your answer is correct.

In this case, any number less than `-6` should "work" in the original equation, and any number bigger than `-6` should fail.

Let's take `x = -10` (a convenient number less than `-6`)

LHS `= 3 − 2(-10) = 3 + 20 = 23`. This is more than `15` so it is true.

Now let's take `x = 0` (a convenient number greater than `-6`)

LHS `= 3 − 2(0) = 3`. This is NOT more than `15`, which is what we hoped for.

So we can be sure our answer is correct.