I know fractions are difficult, but with these easy step-by step instructions you'll be solving equations with fractions in no time.
Do you start to get nervous when you see fractions? Do you have to stop and review all the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions?
If so, you are just like almost every other math student out there! But... I am going to make your life so much easier when it comes to solving equations with fractions!
Our first step when solving these equations is to get rid of the fractions because they are not easy to work with!
Let see what happens with a typical two-step equation with the distributive property.
In this problem, we would typically distribute the 3/4 throughout the parenthesis and then solve. Let's see what happens:
Yuck! That just made this problem worse! Now we have two fractions to contend with and that means subtracting fractions and multiplying fractions.
So... let's stop here and say
We are going to learn how to get rid of the fractions and make this much more simple!
So... what do we do? We are going to get rid of just the denominator in the fraction, so we will be left with the numerator, or just an integer!I know, easier said than done! It's really not hard, but before I get into it, I want to go over one algebra definition.
We need to discuss the word term.
In Algebra, each term within an equation is separated by a plus (+) sign, minus (-) sign or an equals sign (=). Variable or quantities that are multiplied or divided are considered the same term.
That last example is the most important to remember. If a quantity is in parenthesis, it it considered one term!
Let's look at a few examples of how to solve these crazy looking problems!
Hopefully you were able to follow that example. I know it's tough, but if you can get rid of the fraction, it will make these problems so much easier. Keep going, you'll get the hang of it!
Still confused? Check out this video explaining example 2.
For additional explanation of Example 3, view the following video:
Yes, the equations are getting harder, but if you take it step-by-step, you will arrive at the correct solution. Keep at it - I know you'll get it!
Use this algebra calculator to check your answers to your very own problems. Hopefully this will help you to get through your homework.
To ask a question, please visit my Math Forum.
Solving Equations Unit
Sign Up for Algebra Class E-courses
I am a homeschool mom of five who struggled with finding a solid algebra program for my older boys until I came upon your algebra class. Your tutorials are straight forward and detailed. Your assignments are designed in such a way that we can spend extra time on what my children need to and move on when they understand something more easily.
I am a math-lover myself and am excited that you have finished part 2 of this course. My boys are understanding algebra in a way that they never were able to with other courses due to the detail and care that are in each of your lessons. I also appreciate that you are available to answer questions.
Finding your site was such a blessing to me! I have been out of school for 13+ years and finding out that my next course would be Algebra scared me to death!
I have now found a new love of learning for algebra--something I never thought would happen. After indulging in the section of functions, I decided to explore other areas that I have just learned. It made areas such as inequalities and graphing so much easier to grasp!
I just wanted to thank you for your passion and dedication for helping others! I also love the fact that you add in some humor, too. I have shared your site with classmates and hope they take an opportunity to look into it as well! Thank you----
With greatest respect,
I just spent 3 hours doing Unit 5 Lessons 1 & 2 because that is what I am learning at school this week, and cannot believe my progress. I so wish I would have found your course sooner. It is amazing. You explain everything in such clarity it's like night and day. Thank you so much for getting me started. I am so happy you can't believe it. You are the best instructor ever!
Copyright © 2009-2013 Karin Hutchinson ALL RIGHTS RESERVED