How Do You Solve a Two-Step Equation by Distributing a Fraction First?

How Do You Solve a Two-Step Equation by Distributing a Fraction First?

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Trying to solve an equation for a variable? Are grouping symbols in the way? Watch this tutorial to figure out how remove the grouping symbols and solve the equation!

Keywords:

distribution

fractions

variables

multistep equation

reciprocals

fraction

cancel

cancel fraction

simplify

multiply by reciprocal

isolate variable

variable

reduce

reduce fraction

order of operations

order of operation

isolate

plug in

Background Tutorials

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The distributive property is a very deep math principle that helps make math work. It's the rule that lets you expand parentheses, and so it's really critical to understand if you want to get good at simplifying expressions. So check out the tutorial and let us know what you think!

Further Exploration

Solve linear equations in one variable, including those for which the application of the distributive property is necessary and for which variables are included on both sides

Trying to solve an equation involving a fraction? Just multiply the fraction away and then perform the order of operations in reverse! See how in this tutorial.