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**robobudge****Member**- Registered: 2014-04-23
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Hello,

This is in regards to Question 7 at the bottom of the Equations & Formulas subsection found under The Basics in the Algebra section of the Math is Fun website. I cannot post the link, just tried. If you scroll at the bottom of that subsection, you will find the question.

This is what I did, using the reciprocal instead:

C *9/5=5/9(F-32) *9/5

9/5C=F-32

F=9/5C+32

I got the correct answer, however, you can see I did it different from what the moderator did. I was wondering if it's ok and mostly, if it will cause me problems in more complex equations.

Thank you for your help!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi;

I could not find the page so I guess you start with this

and did this,

C *9/5=5/9(F-32) *9/5

correct

9/5C=F-32

correct

F=9/5C+32

correct!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**robobudge****Member**- Registered: 2014-04-23
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Thanks! This is how the moderator did it and it confused me because it seemed to make it more complicated than just using the reciprocal:

C=5/9(F-32)

C*9=5/9(F-32)*9

9C=5(F-32)

9C=5F-160

5F=9C+160

5f/5=9C/5 + 160/5

F=9/5C+32

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi robobudge;

His way is okay too. He did a few extra steps that is true.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**robobudge****Member**- Registered: 2014-04-23
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Thank you for your response bobbym.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You are welcome and hope to see you doing more.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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