A very simple question about addition/subtraction

Hi as you will see my maths is rubbish but I am trying to learn and would be most grateful for some help.

This is a basic algebra problem that I am trying to solve

x+3-k=6-3k

the answer is given as

X=3-2k

I got as far as

X-k=3-3k

so

X-k+k=3-3k+k

so to get X=3-2k

3-3 must equal 3, this I don't understand, I would have thought 3-3=0?

Re: A very simple question about addition/subtraction

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**KDJA** Hi as you will see my maths is rubbish but I am trying to learn and would be most grateful for some help.

This is a basic algebra problem that I am trying to solve

x+3-k=6-3k

the answer is given as

X=3-2k

I got as far as

X-k=3-3k

so

X-k+k=3-3k+k

so to get X=3-2k

3-3 must equal 3, this I don't understand, I would have thought 3-3=0?

On the left hand side you have 3 - 3 = 0, on the right hand side you have 6 - 3 = 3.

Re: A very simple question about addition/subtraction

Quote:

Originally Posted by

**KDJA** Hi as you will see my maths is rubbish but I am trying to learn and would be most grateful for some help.

This is a basic algebra problem that I am trying to solve

x+3-k=6-3k

the answer is given as

X=3-2k

I got as far as

X-k=3-3k

so

X-k+k=3-3k+k

so to get X=3-2k

3-3 must equal 3, this I don't understand, I would have thought 3-3=0?

You seem to thinking of 3- 3k+ k as (3- 3)- (k+k) but that is not what is meant at all. "3k" means "3 times k" so you cannot combine that 3 with the other. Instead it is 3+(-3k+ k)= 3+ (-2k).

Re: A very simple question about addition/subtraction

This is how to solve this equation.

x+3-k=6-3k

x = 6-3-3k+k

x = 3-2k

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