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 March 12th, 2013, 07:14 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Feb 2013 Posts: 20 Thanks: 0 Rearranging equations - is this quite correct? Hi guys just wondered if my working is quite correct? I needed to rearrange the equation 4t = 3k/7t -5k and make k the subject. Here's what I did; 4t = 3k/7t -5k <---------multiply both sides by 7t = 28t^2 = 3k - 5k <-------------add 5k to both sides = 28t^2 +5k = 3k <------------swap sides = 3k = 28t^2 +5k <----------divide both sides by three = 3k/3 = 28t^2 +5k/3 and I end up with k = 28t^2 +5k/3 Any good?
 March 12th, 2013, 07:49 AM #2 Senior Member   Joined: Feb 2013 Posts: 281 Thanks: 0 Re: Rearranging equations - is this quite correct? Check the first step. Are you sure you multiplied all member by 7t? Later, in one side there is 3k, in the other side there is 5k. Why don't you subtract 3k from both side?
 March 12th, 2013, 07:59 AM #3 Newbie   Joined: Feb 2013 Posts: 20 Thanks: 0 Re: Rearranging equations - is this quite correct? Should I have multiplied the -5k by 7t also? That does not make sense? If I subtract 3k from both sides then I end up with k still on the wrong side of the equation?
 March 12th, 2013, 08:10 AM #4 Global Moderator     Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada - The Forest City Posts: 7,821 Thanks: 1047 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond Re: Rearranging equations - is this quite correct? If the original equation is 4t = (3k - 5k)/7t 28tē = -2k k = -14tē. If the original equation is 4t = 3k/7t - 5k 28tē = 3k - 35kt 28tē = k(3 - 35t) k = 28tē/(3 - 35t)
 March 12th, 2013, 08:40 AM #5 Newbie   Joined: Feb 2013 Posts: 20 Thanks: 0 Re: Rearranging equations - is this quite correct?                                            3k The original equation is 4t = ---- -5k                                            7t So 4t equals 3k over 7t times k-6 if that makes it any more clear? I decided not to swap sides straight away, though I think I could have, My aim was to get rid of the fraction first, so I multiplied 4t by 7t on the left, to get 28t^2 then the fraction on the right by 7t to cancel it. I did not multiply -5k by 7t, I did not think I had to. I was then left with 28^t2 = 3k-5k. So I then thought I should add 5k to both sides to undo the -5k, then I swapped sides and was left with 3k = 28t^2 +5k. Divided both sides by three and was left with three on its own. It made sense to me? Did I mess up somehow? Should I have multiplied the term -5k by 7t also?
 March 12th, 2013, 08:51 AM #6 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 19,168 Thanks: 1640 Your equation doesn't contain k-6 (or any 6). You do need to multiply -5k by 7t. After going wrong, you said you divided both sides by three and were left with three on its own. That doesn't make sense, as you ended up with k = 28t^2 +5k/3 and at no stage had three on its own.
 March 12th, 2013, 09:48 AM #7 Math Team   Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 12,756 Thanks: 860 Re: Rearranging equations - is this quite correct? Alex, argue all you want, BUT: if a = b/c - d then a + d = b/c so ac + cd = b

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