Solving algebra equations with variables on both sides is really tough. But, you will have no problems solving these equations after you follow the step-by-step instructions in these 3 examples.
This is it! Our last type of equation to solve before applying our knowledge to solve real world problems! Yes... the whole reason we are learning to solve these equations!
So far, you've learned how to solve one-step equations, two-step equations, and equations with fractions. If you haven't mastered these skills or need a refresher, please go back and review these lessons before attempting this one! It will be so much easier if you have the background!
So, if you are ready, let's move on!
Solving algebra equations with variables on both sides look intimidating, but they really aren't that hard if you have the background skills. In fact, I think these types of equations are fun because it's like moving pieces of a puzzle around.
This is what you need to remember:
Let's look at a few examples.
This next example shows how to solve if the distributive property is involved.
Yes, this is a confusing topic, so if you are still having trouble, check out example 2 on video.
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This last example shows how to solve if fractions are involved.
Example 3 on video...
It doesn't look too hard, does it? Remember: it's like moving puzzle pieces around - all the variable terms on one side and all the constant terms on the other side!
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Variables on Both Sides: 4p +40 = 26p
Variables on Both Sides (with Fractions): 3/7w - 11 = -4/7w
Variables on Both Sides (and the distributive property): -11-5a = 6(5a+4)
Variables on Both Sides: 2c+6 = 1-3c
Another Variables on Both Sides: 4x - 5 = 12x -69
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- Balancing Equations
- Solving one-step equations (Addition).
- Solving one-step equations (Subtraction).
- Solving one-step equations (Multiplication).
- Solving one-step division equations.
- Solving two-step equations.
- Using the Distributive Property
- Solving equations with fractions
- Solving Literal Equations
- Writing equations given a word problem
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