# Pre-Algebra

• May 2nd 2013, 01:55 AM
asphyxiator
Pre-Algebra
Hello people of Math Help Forum! I am new to this website, I am desperately seeking help and answers!

Thanks for reading, if you have any suggestions or answers please let me know in a reply to this thread.
• May 2nd 2013, 02:07 AM
chiro
Re: Pre-Algebra
Hey asphyxiator.

What are the specific problems you have? What part confuses you the most?
• May 2nd 2013, 02:13 AM
asphyxiator
Re: Pre-Algebra
Well, I am confused with... basically everything. But I'd like to focus on the unit we are currently working on, solving inequalities. The directions read "Solve each inequality. Check your solution." The 1st problem says y+6>5 ...any help?
• May 2nd 2013, 02:30 AM
chiro
Re: Pre-Algebra
The most basic part of mathematics is conservation. Let me explain.

If you have an equality or inequality, then there are rules for taking things from the left to the right (or right to left) and also by adding things to both sides.

The rule is that if you do something to the left you do it to the right as well.

Inequalities have one extra rule over equalities in thtat if you multiply both sides by a negative number you flip the inequality. As an example:

-3 < -2 multiply both sides by -1 and flip the inequality gives -1*-3 > -2*-1 or 3 > 2 which is right.

With your problem you want to get whatever variable you have (namely the y) on its own. So think of ways to get rid of all the terms that are not y's and get y by itself on either the left or right.