To solve this equation, start by opening the blankets 5(x ? 1) ? (x + 5) = 2 will be 5x ? 5 ? x - 5=2. Bring the like terms together to get 5x- x- 5- 5= 2, so 4x-10=2, 4x=2+10, 4x=12, divide each side by four to find the value of x. therefore x= 3. To confirm your answer, replace x by 3 and you will get your answer as 2.