SOLVING LINEAR EQUATIONS

Recall the following:


Example 3: Solve for x in the following equation.

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Multiply both sides by the lowest common multiple of 3, 6, 9, and 18, or 18.

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Simplify:

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Subtract 10x from both sides of the equation:

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Subtract 15 from both sides of the equation:

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Divide both sides by 2:

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The answer is x=4.

Check the solution by substituting 4 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.

You can also check the answer with your calculator.You can also check your answer by graphing tex2html_wrap_inline176 (left side of the original equation minus the right side of the original equation). The graph will cross the x-axis at x=3.5.


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