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Author Topic: Gaahh. I can't do this problem.  (Read 2211 times)

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Offline Mouse

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Gaahh. I can't do this problem.
« on: September 09, 2006, 09:35:54 PM »
Pleeeaseee pity me!

1/2 (x-3) + (3/2-x) = 5x

Solve for x. =(

Offline IzPoz

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Re: Gaahh. I can't do this problem.
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2006, 12:44:47 AM »
It's been soooo many years since I've done algebra ... and I used to be a straight A student with it.  Now I can't even get my brain to function for it :(  I think I need to take a course in college again just to refresh.  Or get my daughter to teach me!!

I hope someone will be able to help you.
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Offline alisenjafi

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Re: Gaahh. I can't do this problem.
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2006, 08:41:02 PM »
I used to love algebra 30 odd years ago.
I been trying to figure this out so J you better give us the answer!
Any way from what I remember is getting the x alone so I multiplied both sides by 2-
I lossed it there- not sure if you can get the x and minus x to cancel out
x+3+ 2/3-x = 10
Okay I give up! This is annoying where do I get a tutor?
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Offline wellington

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Re: Gaahh. I can't do this problem.
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006, 12:58:01 AM »
Expand it out, so it's a little simpler to read.

1/2 (x-3) + (3/2-x) = 5x  is the same as  (1/2)x - (1/2)3 + 3/2 - x = 5x

Does that make it any easier for you to get the next step? Since it's a little difficult to do fractions in this interface, I've used brackets to give the equation some clarity. Did I interpret your initial equation correctly? If so, you're going to laugh when you solve for x :)

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Re: Gaahh. I can't do this problem.
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2006, 11:16:18 PM »
It's been a while since I did algebra Jaser, but no matter how many different ways I do it I keep getting the answer that X=0.

PM me if you want my reasoning
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