x-8y=17

Subtract x from both sides of the equation.

-8y=17-x

Divide each term in -8y=17-x by -8.

-8y-8=17-8+-x-8

Cancel the common factor of -8.

Cancel the common factor.

-8y-8=17-8+-x-8

Divide y by 1.

y=17-8+-x-8

y=17-8+-x-8

Simplify each term.

Move the negative in front of the fraction.

y=-178+-x-8

Dividing two negative values results in a positive value.

y=-178+x8

y=-178+x8

y=-178+x8

Solve for y x-8y=17