Twice n means we multiply n by 2 2n The sum of n and twice n means we add n + 2n The word is means equal to, so we set that expression above equal to 12 n + 2n = 12 Combine like terms: 3n = 12 Divide each side of the equation by 3 to isolate n n = 4 Check our work Twice n is 2*4 = 8 Add that to n = 4 8 + 4 12