Unit 12 Section 3 : Linear Equations 1
In this section we revise the solution of simple equations.
Reminder
Whatever you do to one side of an equation you must do to the other side: it is like keeping a set of scales balanced.
It is conventional to give the solution to an equation with the unknown value on the left hand side, and its value on the right hand side, e.g. x = 4 not 4 = x.


Example Questions
Look at how the following equations are solved.
(a) 11 = x + 6  11  =  x + 6  [subtract 6 from both sides to get x on its own] 
 11 6  =  x + 6 6  [note how the 'subtract 6' cancels out the 'add 6'] 
 5  =  x  [switch sides so the x is on the left] 
 x  =  5  

(b) y 3 = 8  y 3  =  8  [add 3 to both sides to get y on its own] 
 y 3 + 3  =  8 + 3  [note how the 'add 3' cancels out the 'subtract 3'] 
 y  =  11  

(c) 15 = 5c  15  =  5c  [divide by 5 on both sides to get c on its own] 
 15 ũ 5  =  5c ũ 5  [note how the 'divide by 5' cancels out the 'multiply by 5'] 
 3  =  c  [switch sides so the c is on the left] 
 c  =  3  

(d)  w  = 10   2 
 w   2 
 =  10  [multiply by 2 on both sides to get w on its own] 
 w  Ũ 2   2 
 =  10 Ũ 2  [note how the 'multiply by 2' cancels out the 'divide by 2'] 
 w  =  20  
Practice Questions
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Practice Question 1
Solve these equations:
(a) p + 10 = 17   

(b) q 13 = 2   

(c) 4r = 14   

(d)  s  = 4   3 
  
Practice Question 2
The length of the rectangle shown below is 4 metres and the width is x metres.
The area of the rectangle is 8 mē.

(a) Write down an equation involving x.

(b) Solve your equation to find x.

(c) Work out the perimeter of the rectangle.

Exercises
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You have now completed Unit 12 Section 3
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