MY FIRST MATH LESSON <3

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Alright, time for your lesson in Simple Equations!

Let me start off by breaking down the components of a simple equation.

Take for example, 4x + 5 = 13. The 4 is called the coefficient, which means the number(s) that multiplies the x (or any other letter a-z), which is called a variable, which means a number that is not yet known. The + is called an operator, which can be +,-,*(multiply), or /. The 5 and 13 are called constants, which are numbers that stand alone. (They're so lonely!).

Anyways... A simple equation is a monomial (take for example, 4x) and a constant (5) that are added, subtracted, multiplied, or divided with/by each other, that equal another constant (13). The variable has to equal a certain number or else the equation will be incorrect.

For example, with 4x + 5 = 13, x would have to equal 2 because 4*2=8 and 8+5=13.

So, how did I get to x=2? I'm going to tell you. c:

Once again, take for example 4x + 5 = 13. The first thing you would do is subtract 5 from 5 and 5 from 13, which would give you 4x = 8. Next, you would divide 4x by 4 and 8 by 4, which gives you x = 2.

To check your answer, you plug in what you got for x into wherever you see an x. So, for 4x + 5 = 13, you would plug in 2 for x, which would give you 4(2) + 5 = 13, which would give you 8 + 5 = 13, which gives you 13 = 13!

Something to remember: If it were to be 4x - 5 = 13, you would add 5 to 13, if it were to be 4x * 5 = 13, you would divide 13 by 5 (which gives you like... 2.6), and if it were to be 4x / 5 = 13, you would multiply 13 by 5.

That's basically it! Time for some examples!

Example 1: ~~~ Check 1:

5x - 2 = 18 ~~~ 5(4) - 2 = 18

Add 2 to 18 ~~ 20 - 2 = 18

5x = 20 ~~~~~~ 18 = 18

Divide by 5

x = 4

Example 2: ~~~~~ Check 2:

3x / 4 = 6 ~~~~~~ 3(8) / 4 = 6

Multiply 6 by 4 ~~ 24 / 4 = 6

3x = 24 ~~~~~~~~ 6 = 6

Divide 24 by 3

x = 8

I really hope this helped!

Love,

~Lati

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