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#1 2014-04-23 15:34:56

robobudge
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Registered: 2014-04-23
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Question regarding Mathopolis Algebra section, subsection Equations

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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#2 2014-04-23 15:52:49

bobbym
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Registered: 2009-04-12
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Re: Question regarding Mathopolis Algebra section, subsection Equations

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.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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#3 2014-04-24 01:22:41

robobudge
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Re: Question regarding Mathopolis Algebra section, subsection Equations

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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#4 2014-04-24 03:26:59

bobbym
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Re: Question regarding Mathopolis Algebra section, subsection Equations

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.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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#5 2014-04-24 11:08:42

robobudge
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Re: Question regarding Mathopolis Algebra section, subsection Equations

Thank you for your response bobbym.

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#6 2014-04-24 14:00:07

bobbym
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Re: Question regarding Mathopolis Algebra section, subsection Equations

You are welcome and hope to see you doing more.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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