4a - 2 (all divided by) 5 + 1/2 = 3a +7 (all divided by) 2 -1 What is a? Algebra 1 Answer James M. Nov 30, 2017 a = 3 Explanation: #(4a - 2)/(0.5 + 5)# = #(3a + 7)/(2-1)# (We first want to simplify the bottom) #(4a -2)/5.5=(3a - 7)/1# #(4a - 2)/5.5 = (3a - 7)# (Then multiply all sides by 5.5) #(4a - 2) = 5.5(3a - 7)# (Expand out the brackets) #4a - 2 = 16.5a - 38.5# (Then subtract 4a from both sides) #-2 = 12.5a - 38.5# (Add 38.5 to both sides) #36.5 = 12.5a# (Divide both sides by 12.5) #3 = a# Answer link Related questions How do I determine the molecular shape of a molecule? What is the lewis structure for co2? What is the lewis structure for hcn? How is vsepr used to classify molecules? What are the units used for the ideal gas law? How does Charle's law relate to breathing? What is the ideal gas law constant? How do you calculate the ideal gas law constant? How do you find density in the ideal gas law? Does ideal gas law apply to liquids? Impact of this question 630 views around the world You can reuse this answer Creative Commons License