How do you solve r-2s=14 for S?

1 Answer
Apr 18, 2017

Answer:

See the entire solution process below:

Explanation:

First, add #color(red)(2s)# and subtract #color(blue)(14)# from each side of the equation to isolate the #s# term in a positive form while keeping the equation balanced:

#r - 2s + color(red)(2s) - color(blue)(14) = 14 + color(red)(2s) - color(blue)(14)#

#r - color(blue)(14) - 2s + color(red)(2s) = 14 - color(blue)(14) + color(red)(2s)#

#r - color(blue)(14) - 0 = 0 + color(red)(2s)#

#r - 14 = 2s#

Now, divide each side of the equation by #color(red)(2)# to solve for #s# while keeping the equation balanced:

#(r - 14)/color(red)(2) = (2s)/color(red)(2)#

#(r - 14)/2 = (color(red)(cancel(color(black)(2)))s)/cancel(color(red)(2))#

#(r - 14)/2 = s#

#s = (r - 14)/2#

Or

#s = r/2 - 14/2#

#s = r/2 - 7#