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## Equations for beginners

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## Simple equations of the form ax = b

Introduction to basic algebraic equations of the form Ax=B
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## Simple equations of the form ax = b

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At 8:00, when he multiplies by 1/3 what is his motivation to choose that specific number? (Fraction) Can you multiply by a different number, a whole number, for example?
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He's right until the end x=5 not 15.
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@ 3:51, Sal uses the word Coefficient. What does that mean?
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Coefficient is just the proper name for the number in front of the x. It's the amount that x is multiplied by.

7x=14, here, the coefficient of x is 7
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I LIKE THIS GUY BTW DO ANY OF U KNOW WHERE ARE THE MORE COMPLEX EQUATIONS LIKE FOR A SIXTH GRADER HYPATHETICALLY
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If you are looking for ones harder than this, continue in the playlist. They'll get harder. :) It's surprising that you are into this in sixth grade, though. Keep working ahead. :)
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why is x=2
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no, that is a very confusing answer. here is one that will probably help more. x=2 because in the equation 7x=14, what does that mean? it really means that if you multiply x by 7 it equals 14. but how do you figure out what x is? well, just divide both sides by 7! so x=14 divided by 7
so x=2
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how do i graph the inequality x+3y smaller or equal to6
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The answer does need to be a graph in the x-y plane because there are too many ordered pairs (x,y) that are solutions to this inequality to make a list of them. First sketch the line x+3y=6. It will serve as a boundary. Only the ordered pair below or on the line will satisfy the inequality. After you've shaded the solution area below the line, try picking out some points (x,y) and trying them in the inequality. You'll see that all the ones you pick below the line work and the points above the line don't work.
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In an otherwise elegant presentation, why use the jargon 'cancel out'? There is no such operation in my experience. It is a division with answer '1'. This, and 'changing signs when removing parentheses' (really multiplying by -1)are the two precursors of most poor algebra performance in lower grades.
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por favor necesito los videos en castellano, parce un material muy bueno pero no endiendo ingles. Muchas gracias
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yo castellano no muy bien, lo siento...
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This really helps me a lot! Are you going to make something like practice or exercises so that I can try it out? That would be awesome!!!
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Thanks! LOL it was on the top page! Thanks for your help anywayzzzz <3
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i need some help with math the problem is: write the phrase as an algebraic expression. i need help with two problems. #12: the sum of n and the product of 3 and m #13: the quotient of 23 minus r and s
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For number 12 you have to write it out like pemdas (as if a train was going right). So first it says "the sum of n" so u put (n + )Then it says "and the product of 3 and m" so it would be (n+3m)Hint:make sure to always know your math vocab in these types of problems it really helps.
For number 13 It first says "The quotient of 23" that means tht 23 is going to be divided by something (23/ )the next pt.is minus r and s meanin tht (23/r-s) well thts it if u still dont understand please let me know thanx :)
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If I have been diagnosed as having or being Mathematics dyslexic? Could Khan academy help me with this problem?
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sure as long as you take notes. write down formulas and steps and examples. something you can understand and maybe tell your school if they can let you use notes on math tests if not study really hard before one.
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Plese help me with this 5m-5=-5-8m-m please help
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5m-5 = -5-8m-m
5m-5 = -5-9m
5m+9m-5+5 = 0
14m = 0
m = 0/14
m= 0
Substituting m=0 into the equation
5x0-5 = -5-8x0-0
-5 = -5
Hence, it's proved
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SIMPLIFY THE GIVEN ALGEBRIC EXPRESSION.
5x^2 - 7x^2
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-2x^2
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why dose he use different colors?
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Do help you understand better, like let's say subtraction is pink and adding is blue, and there was a problem like 4-7+100+40-30=? You could tell what they meant because of the colors. Of course this is more advanced math then that but you get the idea ;)
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whats the method that he is using at 4:16
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why we can no
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what is he saying in 8:36?
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Okay, so he showed before that 7x=14, right? So if you have seven x's, then when you add all of those x's together, you get 14. Here is the same thing, but with y, and with the y's broken into two parts. The first part is two y's (the blue ones), the second part is the four yellow y's. Well, the y's don't care what color they are, so you really have six y's. You can solve this just like he did with the x's in 7x=14. Hope this cleared up your understanding.
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why is a^-1 = 1/a^1 anyone can proof pls??
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a negative exponent represents an inverse so imagine a 1 underneath the "a^-1". now all you do is flip it!
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factor the trinomial
s2-11s+18
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he means that this is a video of equations not fatoring
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y^-7*y^-5
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this y to the power of -7 multiplied by y to power of -5? Looking at it logically its actually
1/(y^7) * 1/(y^5) =
1/(y^7 * y^5) =
1/(y y y y y y y y y y y y)
1/(y^12)
or y^-12

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excelente,pero no me sirve de nada ,no esta en español,cuando se traducira n todo al español de españa
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Bueno, no es necesaria la traducción al español. El lenguaje de las matematicas es universal, pero dicho con todo respeto, no estaría mal ir aprendiendo inglés al mismo tiempo que álgebra.
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do you have anything for yr6 primary because we haven't learned about x's and y's
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on simple equations from 5:58 where it discusses the y and 0 i get lost. I get this easily if I only use multiplication, but once it moves into the reasoning behind the answer from a division point I am lost. the same with the last part of the video when it breaks it down into the y.@10:24 when division is introduced, I get lost how this is reached, yet I am fine with the rest? Thank you.
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wow. I never thought I would understand that even in high school. now i do. how cool is that?
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Pretty cool if you ask me :)
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x2+5x=25
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Thatz great!!
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isnt there a way to seperate the X's by using () as multiplicatoin too ?
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do you mean distrubution?
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What Does "X" Mean? Could it Be Any Digit?
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In this case, x is a variable. It depends on the cases...
But, think that any word can be used instead of x. Such as y, z, k, h and so on.
It is just a kind of rule for everybody to easily know x is a variable... So, usually x or y is used.
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(2x to the 2nd power) then to the 3rd
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64x^6
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how do you know 7x = 14?
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u subsitute x for 2 because u know that 7 x 2 = 14 so that's how u know
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At 7:46, how does Khan know that you have to use 1/3 and multiply it on each side? Where does that 1/3 come from and how can you get it on other problems?
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the 3x and 15 are actually, 3/1 x and 15/1 so when he used 1/3 times 3/1 it gave him 3/3=1 then he did it to the 15
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solve the equation and check your solution -8(x-6)=3(x-6)=
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Check:
-8[(6)-6]=3[(6)-6]
-8(0)=3(0)
0=0

Dude, dont't make us do your homework?!
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Write an equation based on the sentence: A number x is five more than times x minus three. Sove for the value of x
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This question is badly phrased.
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what is 4x-16=32
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4x-16=32
4x=32+16
4x=48 //:4
x=12

4x12-16=32
48-16=32
32=32
true
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omg you are the best! god bless math and u!
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that is unnecessary. his religious affiliation has no bearing in this context.keep religion out of mathematics please.
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7x+12(2+8) please help
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127x
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based on the previous question ,please help me to solve this problem,a square in the mall has side lengths 2.8X.an equilateral triangle -shaped water feature with an area of 2.2x^2 is being cut out of the centre of the square.which is the remaining area of the square?A0.6x, B0.6x^2, C5.64x, D5.64^2
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Area of square: (2.8x) squared = 7.84x^2
Now just subtract the area of the water feature: 2.2x^2
Resulting area is 5.64x^2
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choose the one alternative that best completes the statment or answer the question.
solve the equation. 1/2 = r/11
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1/2=r/11
or 1*11/2=r
or r=11/2
=r=5*1/2
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This video helps me a lot!
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No it doesn't
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4x-1/2x=8 what is x?
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4x-1=16x => 12x=-1 x=-1/12
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6y-7=11
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how bout u ask me 1
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this sucked...
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TRUE DAT
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(2x2)3
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4*3
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How does Add?
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what do you mean?
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Where are the exercises?
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The exercise module is named "Linear equations 1" on the knowledge map (http://www.khanacademy.org/exercisedashboard) and the direct link is http://www.khanacademy.org/exercises?exid=linear_equations_1 . Hope this helped.
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this sucks.
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"U" suck not this!
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I havent heard simple equations explained quite like this before....I loved it!
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Absolutly. I have tried SO MANY math programs since starting highschool three years ago, and have gotten stuck at the begining nearly every time because it didn't make sense. I got tired of trying and gave up. My mom saw an advertisement for Khan Academy while watching clips of the Tsunami in Japan and suggested I tried again. The first few videos I saw started about where I had been getting stuck before, and what I saw computed...yea!! Atlast, I might actually understand math! Thank you Mr. Khan!
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7ab+6c+7z=?
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why does Sal use a shorthand notation at 1:33
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In the case of 7x = 14, that is "shorthand notation" as he mentions. It is normal for you to use that form of notation whenever doing algebra. In fact, it is actually expected and it's harder to write 7 * x = 14 anyway. And... believe me, when you get to complicated equations, you probably wont want to write them that way either.
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i dont have a question about simple equations. but i want to know if you have any videos on simple interest?
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45+45
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It is equal to 90.
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Is this content closed captioned?
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hey mr. khan i think thats your name whats the quadrastic formula again ?
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If you're just memorizing this formula for a test, here it is. But if you actually want to learn it (and not forget), you need to be able to derive it. It's not that hard; just "complete the square" but use variables. You'll learn it eventually (http://www.khanacademy.org/video/quadratic-formula--proof?playlist=Algebra). But here's the equation:

x=[-b±√(b²-4*a*c)]/2a , where the quadratic is in the form ax²+bx+c=0 . It gives 2 answers, and one of them could be complex.

Oh yeah, and his name is Sal.
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x*x_x+6
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what program do you use to write with?
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instead of a mouse i think he uses a pad. and the program he uses to write it in idk. i think paint. and he records his screen with a screen recorder not sure which.
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This is NOT about the video at all but I am curious: why does your streak reset when you get an answer wrong? I don't like to get answers wrong but it happens some times, and when i do get them wrong my streak resets! someone please answer my question!!!
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Ressetting the streak with just one wrong answer forces the student to really focus on getting the right answer, because it "counts." When I'm working problems, I have gotten answers wrong when I'm on the tenth question, and boy it gets my attention! Next time through I really am careful not to make any mistakes. :-)
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OMG! your a life saver .. you just made my life soooo much easier thank youu soo much =)
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Anime!!!
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WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ANIME!!!and dunno about those teams
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i like pie. do you?
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not about simple equations.my quation is why you do not have interodaction to computer in your academy? may be it helps billions of people around the globe.i want to say you are wonderful creat in this world.keep it up.i am sure you will post interodaction to computer class very soon.you know why i took it in college but.....
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u r r8......
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Really strange way..I mean, it's much more easy
7x = 14
x = 14/7
x = 2
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I don't know which grade you are in...
But for a complete beginner, the method in the video will make complete sense and stick the stuff in the brain forever.
Back when I was in 5th grade my teacher just said,
7x=14
x=14/7
x=2
and thats the way you do it, I never got why we should do this, actually the above form is a minimized form of the full working
but when you master the idea of balancing the equation from an early stage, mathematics in higher level becomes a breeze.
7x=14, but we want the value of x,
so we have to divide 7x by 7..but to retain the integrity of the equation we must also divide 14 by 7 and this makes complete sense and clarifies the concept... If you get this concept clearly inequalities, and other not so straightforward operations will become very easy and natural.... and as you become proficient in this method, you don't need to write 7x/7 when you write..
hope I clarified my point..
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What is x equal to when 15x=90?
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the ans=15x=90
=15x6=90
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Is there a way to just follow the Algebra track? I am trying to get a credit in Algebra 1 and 2. I started by just following the suggested exercises, but today I found that I was doing Limits 1, 2, and 3, which are listed under Calculus. No wonder I didn't understand!

Thanks!
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15 times x can be two for 30. That means two x can be 15 times to meet 30.
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P---Please E---excuse M----me D---dear A---aunt S---ally
parenthesis exponent multiply Division add Subtraction
U use this rule <---- side During it
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Sally
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would simple equations work with fractions?
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mabey
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a family spends 20% of its monthly income on food, 23% on rent, and 42%on other expenses and saves the balance. If the family saves $360 per month, what is its monthly income? 0 Votes Comment We have to sum these percentages to find out of saving percentage. 20+23+42=85 so saving percentage is : 15% which is$360
360x100/15 = 2400.
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Is there any effect if you change the letter? I don't think so...Just checking ti be sure...
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The variable? It's just a placeholder for a number so any letter would work.

Be careful though, special kinds of equations like slope-intercept format always use specific variables so y=mx+b will always look like y=5x+10, 5 always being m and 10 being b
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When should i start basically learning algebra, equations?
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Normally, the basics actually begin in pre-algebra (although I got equations like the one he mentioned in 5th grade). It gets more intense in ninth grade, so if you are in the 8th-9th grade level, that's when you'll start seeing a lot of this stuff. It can't hurt to start earlier, though. It makes things easier later on.

Interestingly enough, in pre-algebra, you are learning arithmatic principles that you'd want to know prior to beginning algebra. I personally found it a bit boring. When it gets to algebra, you are actually learning to apply what you've learned, and depending on what you know and how you think, it can be either much easier or much harder. In general, make sure you are able to understand pre-algebra before you begin. If you are able to understand pre-algebra, whatever your grade level may be, you should be ready to begin algebra. I would advise going in order through the playlist. If you need more help, you can work through the worked example playlists as well. Those are also useful.
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sak wher r u living

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4343434343343434343434343=jgyfrgjg
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I want to know if 2 AA Batteries is more or less than 4 AAA Batteries?
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thanks
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Is there any videos on intersections and unions? I cant seem to find any.
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just type it in the search box
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5x-16.4/3.45=2x
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5x - 960 = 2x;
5x - 2x = 960;
3x = 960;
x = 960 / 3;
x = 320!
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i thought it was please excuse my dear aunt sally not please excuse me dear aunt sally
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it varies through the curriculums.
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is it the same way with fractions
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Yes, these equations work the exact same way with fractions. Anything you do to one side you have to do to the other. I don't like fractional equations because they are harder to "eyeball" (guess at first glance), but they work the same way as far as how you solve them.
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THIS IS NOT ANY HELP AND HIS VOUICE ISSSSS SOOOOOO IRITATINGGGG BLAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! IGO BANANNASSSS
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1. his voice is not irritating 2. Are you even in, at least, middle school? if not, that might be hy you don't understand it
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why did you multiply by 1/3?
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Because, when you multiply 3x by 1/3, the 3x is actually 3/1 x, so when you multiply 1/3 to 3/1 you get 3/3, which equals to 1..... then you get 1x=5 then x=5 !!!yay
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DUde why do you multply by one third in your example?...........:)
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thanks man.....
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