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**A linear equation is a polynomial of degree 1.****In order to solve for the unknown variable, you must isolate the variable.****In the order of operation, multiplication and division are completed before addition and subtraction.**

LINEAR EQUATIONS - Solve for *x* in the following equation.

Example 2:

Subtract 4*x* from both sides of the equation:

Add 30 to both sides of the equation

Divide both sides by 8:

The answer is *x * = 3

Check the solution by substituting 3 in the original equation for *x*.
If the left side of the equation equals the right side of the equation after
the substitution, you have found the correct answer.

- Left side:
4(3) - 6 = 6 - Right side:
12(3) - 30 = 6

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