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 1.4e:
Answer:
Solution: Multiply both sides by 105, the lowest number that
3, 7, and 35 will divide into evenly.
Simplify:
Subtract 45x from both sides of the equation:
Add 98 to both sides of the equation:
Divide both sides by 130:
The answer is .
Check the solution by substituting 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 substituted for
x, then 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 .8.
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