How do you solve #3x+1=1/2#?
And then divide both sides by
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And divide both numerators by
People use the term "balance the equation" to describe how to solve this. Consider 5 = 5. Which is true. Write it as (5) = (5), the brackets are only there to show what is the original 'elements' of the equation as a group. Now consider the false statement that (5) -1 = 5. To balance this we need to write (5) -1 = (5) - 1. We have applied the same process to both sides.
Solving the original equation using the same idea:
The target is to get
First isolate all the elements with
Step1. Subtract 1 from both sides giving:
Step2. Now we need to separate the 3 from the
Divide both sides by three