Chapter 22

In This Chapter

Using variables (such as *x*) in equations

Knowing some quick ways to solve for *x* in simple equations

Understanding the *balance scale method* for solving equations

Rearranging terms in an algebraic equation

Isolating algebraic terms on one side of an equation

Removing parentheses from an equation

Cross-multiplying to remove fractions

When it comes to algebra, solving equations is the main event.

Solving an algebraic equation means finding out what number the variable (usually *x*) stands for. Not surprisingly, this process is called *solving for x,* and when you know how to do it, your confidence — not to mention your grades in your algebra class — will soar through the roof.

This chapter is all about solving for *x.* First, I ...

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