I finally solved that math problem!
That old friend I reached out to that has a mathematician husband and son. Well, I sent her a picture of the problem, but the solution her husband sent still didn't help, so we set up a video call.
After going over the problem with Mike(that's her husband), the problem became clear...
I actually had the correct answer! The entire time, the solution I worked out was correct. The issue was how I put it in the solution box(it's an online class and thankfully it's self-paced).
I didn't close the parenthesizes, so though I had the correct answer, it wasn't being read correctly by the computer program. I figured out how to put the answer into the system and then finally moved to the next set of problems.
I am proud of myself that I didn't give up. Lesson learned, if I stick with a problem and keep working on it, eventually the solution will present itself.
And many times, probably most, I already know the answer, but it's just as important to know how to put the solution to work so that I receive the correct results.
With these words, I bid you...