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 Denis February 29th, 2016 11:19 AM

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 Originally Posted by v8archie (Post 524797) The important thing is to be able to build the equations.
Of equal importance is quit watching that cute little girl to your left
in front of you, and listen to your big-mouth-teacher:cool:

 v8archie February 29th, 2016 11:38 AM

Never quit looking at the cute girl on your left. She might bring a whole lot of fun into your life.

On the other hand, your big-mouthed teacher might also bring a whole lot of fun into your life if you learn what he's teaching. Because maths can be fun. And even if you don't find it so, learning the lessons might get you the sort of exam results that get you a good job and a good income, and the cute girls often come with that too.

 Prakhar February 29th, 2016 01:48 PM

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 Originally Posted by GIjoefan1976 (Post 524794) see I was thinking this too, yet was not sure how to write it. Yet if i did it this way it confused me too as i would have gone and got -36x-24=10 ?
The question says: their sum is decreased by 6. It does not say that their sum is multiplied by 6. I am surprised that you took those brackets for multiplication. They were just to explain you that their sum had to be reduced by 6.

 GIjoefan1976 February 29th, 2016 03:10 PM

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 Originally Posted by Denis (Post 524799) Of equal importance is quit watching that cute little girl to your left in front of you, and listen to your big-mouth-teacher:cool:
Oh how I wish it was the cute person I was watching that was what was my issue! For me besides this question and all my others it's just I have too many formulas I get confused. Even when I take tests I get the answers but confuse the signs.

I just am a learner that needs to be told a formula, have a chance to do the formula, and then have someone watch me and see what I am doing wrong. Otherwise the 30 mins of lecture just is not retained. Thank goodness for this website as I have no one else that understands math around me.

 GIjoefan1976 February 29th, 2016 03:12 PM

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 Originally Posted by Prakhar (Post 524841) The question says: their sum is decreased by 6. It does not say that their sum is multiplied by 6. I am surprised that you took those brackets for multiplication. They were just to explain you that their sum had to be reduced by 6.
I took it as multiplication because I was reading it as the distributive property.

 EvanJ February 29th, 2016 06:18 PM

"(x + 4+5x)-6" doesn't have multiplication. You treated it as -6(x + 4 + 5x), which is different.

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