# If JM = 5x - 8 and LM = 2x - 6, which expression represents JL?

3x - 2, 3x - 14, 7x - 2, 7x - 14

**Solution:**

Let the total length of the line segment be JL, which is divided in two parts with point M.

We will add the two parts, to find the value of the expression which represents JL.

**Step 1: **JM - LM = JL

⇒ (5x - 8) - (2x - 6)

**Step 2: **5x - 8 - 2x + 6

Add like terms

= 5x - 2x - 8 + 6

= 3x - 2

## If JM = 5x - 8 and LM = 2x - 6, which expression represents JL?

3x - 2, 3x - 14, 7x - 2, 7x - 14

**Solution:**

**Summary:**

The expression which represents the total length of the line segment JL is 3x - 2