How do you solve 7a-17=4a+1?

Oct 26, 2016

$a = 6$

Explanation:

You solve for $a$ as follows keeping the equation balanced:

$7 a - 17 = 4 a + 1$

$7 a - 4 a - 17 + 17 = 4 a - 4 a + 1 + 17$

$3 a = 18$

$\frac{3 a}{3} = \frac{18}{3}$

$a = 6$