1. Solve for x, and check.
This is a quadratic equation so we run through the steps for solving quadratic equations.
Transpose all terms to one side leaving a zero on the other.
Set the factors = 0, and solve the resulting equations.
Let x = 5/2. Then the equation becomes
Do the power first
Add the fractions on the left. Note that we have common denominators.
Next let x = -4. The equation becomes
Do the power first.
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