Solving Equations

K Redmond
When solving equations, frequently you end up at a point with a constant term and a variable term on each side of the equal sign. In situations like this, it is important to remember that we only want a variable term on one side, and a constant term on the other. This applet shows the steps to isolate the variable in these situations. The slider shows the general steps that will always works for solutions like these. There are situations that do not look like the equations above - in those cases, there may be faster methods to finding the solution.
Applet adapted from Solve for x by rachelphillips