How to rearrange to make D the subject?

• Sep 15th 2012, 06:07 AM
Shocker
How to rearrange to make D the subject?
Hi,

For some reason i'm struggling to rearrange a lot of equations where i'm attempting to make a variable that appears twice in the equation the subject. At the moment i am attempting to rearrange this equation to make D the subject. May someone please show me how to do this in steps please?

$\displaystyle A=B*D*(1/(C+D))$

And if possible, i would like some tips on how to make variables that appear twice the subject please?

Any help is much appreciated
Rob
• Sep 15th 2012, 06:39 AM
a tutor
Re: How to rearrange to make D the subject?
You have $\displaystyle A=\frac{BD}{C+D}$

A good first step would be to multiply by the denominator to get

$\displaystyle A(C+D) = BD$

Expand the brackets

$\displaystyle AC+AD=BD$

Rearrange a little

$\displaystyle AC=BD-AD$

factorise, and I'll leave the rest to you.
• Sep 15th 2012, 06:44 AM
Soroban
Re: How to rearrange to make D the subject?
Hello, Rob!

Quote:

$\displaystyle \text{Solve for }D\!:\;\;A \:=\:\frac{BD}{C+D}$

Since there is a $\displaystyle D$ in the denominator, multiply by $\displaystyle (C+D)$

. . $\displaystyle A(C+D) \:=\:BD \quad\Rightarrow\quad AC + AD \:=\:BD$

Get all $\displaystyle D$-terms on one side, the rest on the other side.

. . $\displaystyle AD - BD \:=\:-AC$

Factor out the $\displaystyle D.$

, . $\displaystyle (A-B)D\:=\:-AC$

Solve for $\displaystyle D$ . . . divide by $\displaystyle (A-B)$

. . $\displaystyle D \;=\;\frac{-AC}{A-B}$

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. . but you may see it in a different form.

Multiply the fraction by $\displaystyle \frac{\text{-}1}{\text{-}1}$

. . $\displaystyle D \;=\;\frac{\text{-}1}{\text{-}1}\cdot\frac{-AC}{A-B} \;=\;\frac{AC}{B-A}$
• Sep 15th 2012, 07:39 AM
Shocker
Re: How to rearrange to make D the subject?
Quote:

Originally Posted by a tutor
$\displaystyle AC=BD-AD$

factorise, and I'll leave the rest to you.

I managed to get it up to this point but for some reason i just couldn't think about how to do the next step. It was just so simple. I kind of kick myself for not being able to figure it out. lol :)

Much appreciated to you both.