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 September 2nd, 2019, 04:58 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Sep 2019 From: Greece Posts: 3 Thanks: 0 How to solve an algebraic equation with fractions with an unknown in the denominator There must be something simple I'm missing here, but this just isn't working out for me. How do I solve: (3 / 5x) - (2 / 6x) = (2 / x) + (7 / 3x) I will probably kick myself when I see the solution... Thanks in advance! September 2nd, 2019, 07:18 AM   #2
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 Originally Posted by brycewaters10 There must be something simple I'm missing here, but this just isn't working out for me. How do I solve: (3 / 5x) - (2 / 6x) = (2 / x) + (7 / 3x) I will probably kick myself when I see the solution... Thanks in advance!
note $x \ne 0$

multiply every term by x ...

$\dfrac{3}{5} - \dfrac{2}{6} = 2 + \dfrac{7}{3}$

$\dfrac{4}{15} = \dfrac{13}{3}$ ... a contradiction.

So, what can you say about the solution? September 2nd, 2019, 07:24 AM #3 Math Team   Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,700 Thanks: 2682 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra I think there's an error in what you have written, but in general you would multiply by denominators to get all the $x$s in the numerators. e.g. \begin{align}&& \frac{3}{5x}-\frac{2}{5} &= \frac{2}{x} + \frac{7}{5} \\ &\text{(multiply by $5x$)}& 3 - 2x &= 10 + 7x \\ && -7 &= 9x \\ && x &= -\frac79\end{align} In your case, multiplying by $x$ will make all of them go away which is why I think you have made a mistake. September 2nd, 2019, 01:05 PM   #4
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 Originally Posted by skeeter note $x \ne 0$ multiply every term by x ... $\dfrac{3}{5} - \dfrac{2}{6} = 2 + \dfrac{7}{3}$ $\dfrac{4}{15} = \dfrac{13}{3}$ ... a contradiction. So, what can you say about the solution?
Thanks, so it means there's no solution... September 2nd, 2019, 01:10 PM   #5
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 Originally Posted by v8archie I think there's an error in what you have written, but in general you would multiply by denominators to get all the $x$s in the numerators. e.g. \begin{align}&& \frac{3}{5x}-\frac{2}{5} &= \frac{2}{x} + \frac{7}{5} \\ &\text{(multiply by $5x$)}& 3 - 2x &= 10 + 7x \\ && -7 &= 9x \\ && x &= -\frac79\end{align} In your case, multiplying by $x$ will make all of them go away which is why I think you have made a mistake.
No, there was no error in what I wrote (it was a problem my son received in his 9th grade algebra class), but from the first reply to my post, I understand there's simply no solution to this equation... Thank you all for taking the time to answer! Tags algebraic, denominator, equation, equations, fractions, solve, solving, unknown Thread Tools Show Printable Version Email this Page Display Modes Linear Mode Switch to Hybrid Mode Switch to Threaded Mode Similar Threads Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post MaRoVy Differential Equations 0 May 16th, 2015 11:33 AM chrie Elementary Math 1 May 17th, 2014 11:50 AM linhbui Elementary Math 1 November 11th, 2013 09:04 PM kuming Abstract Algebra 1 April 23rd, 2013 02:58 PM dthomas86 Algebra 10 November 29th, 2011 10:36 AM

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