simplifying with fractions Hi Another very basic problem... How do you treat the x when multiplying it by a fraction? (in order to remove the brackets?) y4 = 1/2(x+2) Thanks in advance. Mark 
Multiplying both sides by 2 gives 2y  8 = x + 2. 
$\displaystyle y4=\frac { \left( x+2 \right) }{ 2 } \\ \\ 2\cdot y2\cdot 4=\frac { \left( x+2 \right) }{ 2 } \cdot 2\\ \\ 2y8=x+2\\ \\ x=2y82\\ \\ x=2y10=2\left( y5 \right)$ 
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Thanks everyone! Mark 
mmm...now what if it's a negative fraction: y – 4 = 1/2 (x+2) 
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y + 4 = 1/2(x+2) Make it clearer: y + 4 = (x+2) / 2 
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