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September 6th, 2016, 11:44 PM   #1
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Question about a rational equation

I don't even know where to start. I multiplied everything by the LCM and subtracted hoping that it would get me somewhere, but that's about as far as I got. My program is asking for an exact number (no fractions). How would I go about solving for x?

( x+8 )/( 9 ) − ( x−1 )/( 2 ) = 8

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$\displaystyle
\begin{align*}
\frac{x+8}{9} - \frac{x-1}{2} &= 8\\
2(x+8) - 9(x-1) &= 18 \times 8\\
2x + 16 - 9x + 9 &= 144\\
119 &= -7x\\
x &= -17
\end{align*}$
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$\displaystyle
\begin{align*}
\frac{x+8}{9} - \frac{x-1}{2} &= 8\\
2(x+8) - 9(x-1) &= 18 \times 8\\
2x + 16 - 9x + 9 &= 144\\
119 &= -7x\\
x &= -17
\end{align*}$
I wasn't aware that you should find a LCM for the second part of the equation as well. That's pretty cool thank you.

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I wasn't aware that you should find a LCM for the second part of the equation as well. That's pretty cool thank you.
You don't really have to (you can still get the same answer for x without that manipulation).
But if you want to get rid of the common denominator in the left-hand side, you indeed then have to multiply the right-hand side by the fraction $\displaystyle \frac{\text{denominator}}{\text{denominator}}$ (because by definition, anything divided by itself = 1), so this is just like multiplying the right hand side by 1, which doesn't change its result.

After doing so, every term in your equation will have the same denominator, and this allows you to simply get rid of it.

Hoping this isn't too confusing.
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You don't really have to (you can still get the same answer for x without that manipulation).
But if you want to get rid of the common denominator in the left hand side, you indeed then have to multiply the right hand side by the fraction $\displaystyle \frac{\text{denominator}}{\text{denominator}}$ (because by definition, anything divided by itself = 1), so this is just like multiplying the right hand side by 1, which doesn't change its result.

After doing so, every term in your equation will have the same denominator, and this allows you to simply get rid of it.

Hoping this isn't too confusing.
Ah, makes perfect sense! Thank you very much.

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$\displaystyle \frac{x+8}{9} - \frac{x-1}{2} = 8\\$

$\displaystyle 2(x+8) - 9(x-1) = 18 \times 8 $

Note: To be good form, the right side of the equation of the second equation as shown above should not be used for two reasons:

1) The "X" looks similar to the x variable, and this is an algebra problem, whereas it would be expected to see that sometimes in an arithmetic problem.

2) It is inconsistent with the rest of the equation. Parentheses should have been continued across for the equation to show multiplication.


$\displaystyle \frac{x+8}{9} - \frac{x-1}{2} = 8\\$

$\displaystyle 2(x+8) - 9(x-1) = 18(8) $
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$\dfrac{x+8}{9}-\dfrac{x-1}{2}=8$

$\dfrac{2(x+8 )-9(x-1)}{18}=8$

$2(x+8 )-9(x-1)=8\times 18$

$2x+16−9x+9=144$

$2x-9x=144-16-9$

$-7x=119$

$x=-17$

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$\dfrac{2(x+8 )-9(x-1)}{18}=8$

$2(x+8 )-9(x-1)=8\times 18$

Note: To be good form, the right side of the equation of the second equation as shown above should not be used for two reasons:

1) The "X" looks similar to the x variable, and this is an algebra problem, whereas it would be expected to see that sometimes in an arithmetic problem.

2) It is inconsistent with the rest of the equation. Parentheses should have been continued across for the equation to show multiplication.


$\dfrac{2(x+8) \ - \ 9(x-1)}{18} \ = \ 8$

$2(x+8) \ - \ 9(x-1) \ = \ 8(18)$
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