18=-5b-17

Rewrite the equation as -5b-17=18.

-5b-17=18

Add 17 to both sides of the equation.

-5b=18+17

Add 18 and 17.

-5b=35

-5b=35

Divide each term in -5b=35 by -5.

-5b-5=35-5

Cancel the common factor of -5.

Cancel the common factor.

-5b-5=35-5

Divide b by 1.

b=35-5

b=35-5

Divide 35 by -5.

b=-7

b=-7

Solve for b 18=-5b-17