Make x the subject:

I can't seem to make x the subject no matter how I re-arrange the equation.

Can someone give me a hint as to where to start going about this?

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- August 7th 2010, 06:41 PMDavidMMake x the subject
Make x the subject:

I can't seem to make x the subject no matter how I re-arrange the equation.

Can someone give me a hint as to where to start going about this? - August 7th 2010, 06:51 PM1005
Do you mean solve for x when you say "make x the subject"? I'd say the first step is definitely to multiply both sides by 3x - 1.

- August 7th 2010, 06:53 PMundefined
- August 7th 2010, 06:53 PMDavidM
I mean make x the subject as in:

Re-arrange the formula to get x on its own. - August 7th 2010, 06:57 PMDavidM
Got it, thanks undefined.

- August 8th 2010, 07:04 AM1005
- August 8th 2010, 07:54 AMundefined
There are many cases of unbalanced thanks here on the forum, sometimes I'm unduly appreciated, sometimes underappreciated, it is what it is.

I agree that your reply does more of what the OP asked than mine and that you deserve credit.

If anyone wants a (somewhat lengthy) explanation of my action, it is: I just made a judgment call that the question was of the "you either see it or you don't" type or "there's a trick to it" type, and that the response "here's the trick; observe" could be useful to the OP; also, I made a response that I thought would be helpful to me if I were in the OP's position; and I have no opinion on whether giving a "very large hint" like mine or a small hint like 1005's is better or worse, or right or wrong, to me they're just different approaches of people who want to help out.