# Thread: Combined equation question

1. ## Combined equation question

Could someone walk me through how to solve for the value of a

5/6(a) = -1/3(a)+4

The 1/3 is all negative. The answer is 24/7 but I don't know how to ge there?

Thanks

2. Originally Posted by Lokain
Could someone walk me through how to solve for the value of a

5/6(a) = -1/3(a)+4

The 1/3 is all negative. The answer is 24/7 but I don't know how to ge there?

Thanks
Add 1/3a to both sides, obtain the same common denominator, and solve for a.

3. I still dont get it? Thanks

4. Originally Posted by Lokain
I still dont get it? Thanks
Start by trying it and posting what you are doing.

5. got the 5/6 to the other side and found common denominator (5/6 + 2/6) is 7/6. when and how do i solve for a?

6. Originally Posted by Lokain
Could someone walk me through how to solve for the value of a

5/6(a) = -1/3(a)+4

The 1/3 is all negative. The answer is 24/7 but I don't know how to ge there?

Thanks
Look at the left- and right-hand sides of the equation. What should be your first step? [hint: consider the a terms with their coefficients)

7. Originally Posted by Lokain
got the 5/6 to the other side and found common denominator (5/6 + 2/6) is 7/6. when and how do i solve for a?
$\displaystyle \displaystyle\frac{7a}{6}=4$

Multiple by 6 and divide by 7

8. I have a series of questions like this but stuck on this one. Somebody wanna write this one out in its entirety? Eek thanks

9. Originally Posted by Lokain
I have a series of questions like this but stuck on this one. Somebody wanna write this one out in its entirety? Eek thanks
$\displaystyle \displaystyle\frac{7a}{6}=4$

Multiply both sides by 6. Do that and then divded both sides by 7.