## 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 variable.

• In the order of operations, multiplication and division are completed before addition and subtraction.

Problem 1.4d:

Answer: x=5

Solution: Multiply both sides by 9:

Simplify:

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 answer.

• Left side:
• Right Side:

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.

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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