This is some steps into the equation

But I am having difficulty simplifying this

The author shows the above simplified as

Can you adjust assume X = 1 and do thus equaling ?

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- Jun 2nd 2008, 08:47 AMcmf0106Simplifying Linear Equations
This is some steps into the equation

But I am having difficulty simplifying this

The author shows the above simplified as

Can you adjust assume X = 1 and do thus equaling ? - Jun 2nd 2008, 08:57 AMwingless
- Jun 2nd 2008, 09:03 AMcmf0106
Thanks for clarifying, that makes perfect sense. However, does LHS mean left hand side of the equation?

- Jun 2nd 2008, 09:06 AMwingless
- Jun 3rd 2008, 08:54 AMcmf0106
Actually one last question I forgot to ask yesterday the problem reads

Which leads to

I am not certain how the " " is created exactly. The RHS reads So I assume you can just do (once you subtract 8 from both sides in the first equation displayed) " " which in a calculator = -8.5 or

Could some one please clarify, thanks. - Jun 3rd 2008, 09:19 AMtopsquark
- Jun 3rd 2008, 10:15 AMcmf0106
Thanks for clarifying! Using improper fractions intuitively makes more sense so I appreciate the suggestion.

And as far as what my instructor does, I am teaching myself algebra all over again to eventually teach myself pre-cal, calculus I, and calculus II before I ever head into the class room.