Solving Linear Equations  Part 2
Lesson Objective
This lesson shows you some examples on solving linear equations. These examples will help in your understanding on this topic.
About This Lesson
This lesson is a continuation from Part 1 for this topic.
After learning the basic concepts behind solving linear equations, it is time to take a look at some examples to understand these concepts better.
Study Tips
Tip #1
Remember that when we solve a linear equation, whatever terms that are added to one side of the equation, the same terms must be added to the other side of the equation.
This is important to keep the equation balanced.
Tip #2
When we multiply both sides of the equation, it is important to multiply 'all' the terms in the equation. For example, when we multiply the following equation with 3:
2x + 1 = 4x 8
The equation becomes:
3(2x +1) = 3(4x 8)
Notice that, we put brackets around all the terms to both sides of the equation. By doing so, the equation will remain balanced.
Tip #3
Similarly, when we divide both sides of the equation, it is important to divide all the terms in the equation. For example, when we divide the following equation with 3:
2x + 1 = 4x 8
The equation becomes:
(2x +1)/3 = (4x 8)/3
Notice that, we need put brackets around all the terms to both sides of the equation. By doing so, the equation can remain balanced.
Now, watch the following math video to know more.
Math Video
Video on Solving Linear Equations
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This lesson shows you some examples on solving linear equations.
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To solve a linear equation, our objective is to find what value x is equals to.
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Now, Let's solve, 2x 1 = 5 + 4x.
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Since our objective is to find what is x equals to. we need to put all the terms with x, on on one side of the equation, usually, on the Left hand side.
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We can do so by removing +4x. To do so, we add 4x to both sides of the equation.
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The equation now becomes 2x 1 4x = 5.
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Now, notice that we also need to remove negative 1? To do so, we add +1 to both sides of the equation.
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The equation becomes 2x 4x = 5 + 1.
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Alright, we now add the like terms together.
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Adding 2x with 4x gives 2x.
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Adding 5 with 1 gives 6.
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Now, notice that to find x, we need to remove 2 from 2x.
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We can do so by dividing both sides of the equation by 2. So, we get x = +6/2
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Finally, we can solve for x by dividing +6 with 2. This gives x = 3.
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Next example on solving linear equations, let's solve 2(2x 1) = 2x +8.
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First, we need to remove the brackets.
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2 multiply by 2x gives +4x. 2 multiply by 1 gives negative 2. Now, let's put these terms back into the equation.
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Now, we can remove 2x by adding 2x to both sides of the equation.
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This gives +4x 2 2x = +8.
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Now, we can remove 2 by adding +2, to both sides of the equation.
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This gives +4x 2x = +8 + 2.
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We can simply this equation by adding 4x and 2x . This gives +2x.
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Now, add +8 with +2. This gives +10.
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To find x, we need to remove +2 from +2x. We can do so by dividing both sides of the equation by +2.
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The equation becomes x = +10/+2. Now, we divide +10 with +2. This gives 5.
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So, the answer is x = 5.
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Next example on solving linear equations. Let's solve. 2 (x +1) = 5 – 3(x 1).
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First, we need to remove the brackets in this equation. Let's start with 2 bracket x+1.
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2 multiply by x gives 2x. 2 multiply by +1 gives +2. Let's put these terms back.
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Now, let's remove the brackets in 3(x 1).
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3 multiply by x gives 3x. 3 multiply by 1 gives +3. Let's put these terms back.
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Now, we need to remove 3x from the Right Hand Side. To do so, we add +3x to both sides of the equation.
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By doing so, the equation becomes 2x +2 +3x = 5 +3.
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We can remove +2 by adding 2 to both sides of the equation. The equation now becomes 2x +3x = 5 +3 2.
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Now, we simplify the equation by adding 2x with 3x. This gives +5x
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3 minus 2 gives 1. 5 plus 1 gives 6.
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Now, to get x, we need to remove +5. We can do so by dividing +5 to both sides of the equation.
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This gives, x = +6 / +5.
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Now, since 6 divides by 5 is not an integer, we can leave the answer in the form of fraction.
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So, the answer is x = 6/5.
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Final example on solving linear equations, let's simplify x/4 + 2 = x 1.
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Now, we can remove +2 by adding 2 to both sides of the equation.
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The equation now becomes, x/4 = x 1 2.
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Now, we can add 1 and 2. This gives 3.
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It is easier to solve this equation if we remove the denominator, 4, from this equation.
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We can do so by multiplying both sides of the equation by 4.
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The equation now becomes x = 4(x 3). Remember to put brackets around the terms when multiplying.
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To proceed, we need to remove these brackets.
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4 multiply by x gives 4x. 4 multiply by 3 gives 12. Let's put back these terms.
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We can remove 4x by adding both sides of the equation by  4x. This gives x 4x = 12.
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Now, we can simplify the equation by adding x with 4x. This gives negative 3x.
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To get what is x equals to, we need to remove 3 from 3x.
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To do so, we divide both sides of the equation by 3.
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The equation now becomes, x = 12/ 3.
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Dividing 12 with 3 gives 4 . So, the answer is x = 4.
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That is all for this lesson on on solving linear equations. Try out the practice questions to reinforce your understanding.
Practice Questions & More
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Now, let's try some MCQ questions to understand this lesson better.
You can start by going through the series of questions on solving linear equations or pick your choice of question below.
 Question 1 on the basics on solving linear equations
 Question 2 on the basics on solving linear equations
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