SOLVING LINEAR EQUATIONS
Recall the following:
- A linear equation is a polynomial of degree 1.
- In order to solve for the unknown variable, you must isolate the
- In the order of operations, multiplication and division are
completed before addition and subtraction.
Solution: Multiply both sides by 9:
Subtract x from both sides of the equation:
Add 2 to both sides of the equation:
Divide both sides by 3:
The answer is x=5.
Check the solution by substituting 5 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
You can also check your answer with the calculator.
- Left side:
- Right Side:
Since the left side of the original equation equals the right
side of the original equation when 5 substituted for x, then x=5
is the correct answer.
- Left Side:
- Right Side:
You can also check your answer by graphing
(left side of the
original equation minus the right side of the original equation). The
x-intercept is 5.
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