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**LegionXII****Member**- Registered: 2019-11-15
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I'm studying maths again after nearly a 7 year break from it and while I'm doing well (better than I ever have in school, matter of fact) there are still a couple of things that I haven't been completely explained; namely, the rules when multiplying/dividing in equations. While I know what the rules are, I still haven't been explained WHY it differs from adding and subtracting. For instance:

Say I have the equation 4x+(3/4)-1=5+20

If I want to get rid of the fraction (3/4) I have to multiply 4 by the entire equation on both sides:

4(4x+(3/4)-1)=(5+20)4

The same goes for division. But.. when adding or subtracting, instead of it being, say when adding 1 to both sides:

4x+(3/4+1)-(1+1)=(5+1)+(20+1) it's simply 4x+(3/4)-1+1=5+20+1

Why is that?

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**George,Y****Member**- Registered: 2006-03-12
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A=4x+(3/4)-1

B=5+20

A = B

thus

kA = kB

A/k = N/k as long as k<>0

A+k = B+k

**X'(y-Xβ)=0**

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi LegionXII

Welcome to the forum.

The rules for algebra are just the same rules that are used for arithmetic. If ever you are uncertain about some algebra just try a similar thing with numbers. Here's a couple of examples to show what I mean:

If I multiply just one term on the left and one on the right by 4, I'll get

As you can see this is **NOT** correct.

You must multiply every thing by 4

Now we have a correct result.

Let's compare that with an addition. I'll start with the same equation and add 5/4 to each side.

Both sides are now 9/4 so it is correct to do it this way.

The two rules that are being used here are:

(1) If we have a correct equation it will still be correct if we multiply every term on each side by a number.

(2) If we have a correct equation it will still be correct if we add the same amount to each side.

Hope that helps.

Bob

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**LegionXII****Member**- Registered: 2019-11-15
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Ah thank you, this definitely helps to clear it up.

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