# Algebra Simplification

• Apr 20th 2011, 12:17 PM
dumluck
Algebra Simplification
Hi All,
[tex] y + 4 = \frac{x}{2} [\MATH] Solve for y.

[tex] y = \frac{x}{2} - \frac{4}{1} [\MATH] = [tex] \frac{x - 4}{2} [\MATH]

However the answer is [tex] y = \frac{x-8}{2} [\MATH]

Where did I go wrong?

Thanks,
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As an offthread - is there isssues with Latex? If I change the '\' to '/' on the terminating MATH, I get latex compile errors. I get it on every computer. see below

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• Apr 20th 2011, 12:30 PM
veileen
"Where did I go wrong?" Here: http://latex.codecogs.com/png.latex?y= \frac{x - 4}{2}

The fractions don't have the same numitor, you can't add them that way.