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Simplifying complicated equations
You feel good about your rapidly developing equation-solving ability. Now you're ready to fully flex your brain.
In this tutorial, we'll explore equations that don't look so simple at first, but that, with a bit of skill, we can turn into equations that don't cause any stress! Have fun!
Sal solves the equation 7 - 10/x = 2 + 15/x. There are many ways to solve this equation. Sal's method uses the distributive property.
Sal solves the equation -9 - (9x - 6) = 3(4x + 6) using the distributive property.
Sal solves the equation (3/4)x + 2 = (3/8)x - 4 using the distributive property
Fine tuning our skills as we tackle more equations in which we utilize the distributive property.
Let's do a few examples (including a word problem) in which we put the distributive property to work solving multi-step equations.
The power of the distributive property allows us to solve these examples equations (and a word problem).
Practice solving equations with variables on both sides. The problems require you to apply the distributive property.