Updated: Jun 24
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Transposition for X is a key skill required when solving most algebra equations. Such as the examples below.
There are several ways you could be solving these types of equations wrong. These are the ways…
1. Forgetting to change the signs when transposing.
2x+7=7 solve for x
Instead of turning the +7 into a -7 You bring the +7 over to the other side.
Remember the opposites:
2. Adding non-like terms
If you have 3 bananas and 4 apples ( a=apples and b=banana)
3b + 4a = 3b + 4a
Not 3b + 4a = 7ab
You can't add apples and bananas together!
Like terms have the same letters at the end.
4a + 4a = 8a
Both of the terms have an a at the end so we can add the numbers together.
3. Not writing every step down
A very common mistake students make is not writing steps down, using mental maths. This majority of the time creates many mistakes, even small ones like adding or subtracting wrong. Sometimes teachers don’t give you a grade for working out however always best to.
The most certain way to prevent any mistakes is to practice, practice, practice. This eliminates your any mistakes thus you will not lose marks. There are some links down below that you can use to practice. Questions and answers are provided.
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