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Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides

Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides

Please help me - how do you solve an equation that has a variable on both sides of the problem?

An example

1/5 (10a - 15) = 3 - 2a


Thanks,
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Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides

On 10/5/2003 5:27:55 PM, Doodle wrote:
>Please help me - how do you
>solve an equation that has a
>variable on both sides of the
>problem?
>
>An example
>
>1/5 (10a - 15) = 3 - 2a

Start by cleaning things up; multiply the 1/5 with the quantities in the parentheses:

2a-3=3-2a

Subtracting and adding the same thing to both sides of an equation still results in an equality, so add 2a to both sides. Keep going.


TTFN,
Eden
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