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**rickyricardo** I guess what I don't understand, is what number from the example would you choose to add to each side? How do you know which one to use? If I understand correctly, it doesn't matter as long as it's the same on both sides. Does it even have to be from the example? If I can add, subtract, multiply, or divide ANY number on each side, I should get the correct answer.

I also don't understand how you choose the placement of the numbers within the equation. Would you place the numbers on the far left and right, or to the direct left and right of the = sign?

Thanks for your help.