# Thread: on both sides of the equal sides it equals zero, care to take a look? please

1. ## on both sides of the equal sides it equals zero, care to take a look? please

So Im doing math homework and i come across this:
2(8-3q)=-6q+16
I tried to solve it, but it ended up just all equaling zero. Can someone tell me how to solve it?

2. ## Re: on both sides of the equal sides it equals zero, care to take a look? please

What you have is called an identity, which is true for all values of q.

If an equation can be ultimately simplified to 0 = 0, then it is an identity.

If the equation ultimately simplifies to 0 = 1, then it is inconsistent, i.e., it has no solution.