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1. 2x-5/2 - x-1/3 =1

I got 3.5 but that doesn't substitute back- I'm really confused as to how to get the right answer!. Would there be two solutions I have no ideaa?
2. First thing, collect the expressions - make sure there's only one x value and one fraction on one side of the equation. You'll need to multiply the denominators to be able to collect the fractions.

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3. Not two solutions by the way, since this isn't a quadratic.
4. (Original post by Ihatespirometers)
2x-5/2 - x-1/3 =1

I got 3.5 but that doesn't substitute back- I'm really confused as to how to get the right answer!. Would there be two solutions I have no ideaa?
Is this ? Please use brackets to remove ambiguity.

If the above is what you meant, then just multiply both sides of the equation by and isolate the on one side.
5. (Original post by Zacken)
Is this ? Please use brackets to remove ambiguity.

If the above is what you meant, then just multiply both sides of the equation by and isolate the on one side.
Actually, that question would have made more sense. Thought it was four separate terms
6. (Original post by BlueBlueBells)
Actually, that question would have made more sense. Thought it was four separate terms
It could be? I dunno, let's just wait for the OP now.
7. (Original post by Zacken)
Is this ? Please use brackets to remove ambiguity.

If the above is what you meant, then just multiply both sides of the equation by and isolate the on one side.
YES IT IS. Ok so I did this

I multipied the first term by 3 then the second by 2 to get a denominator of 6

(6x-15)/ 6 - (2x-2)/6 = 1

This is (4x -13)/6 = 1
then I multiplied the denominator by 6 and the one to get
(4x-13)=6
Then I added 13 to both sides to get
4x=19, which is 3.5- what have I done wrong?

BlueBlueBells
8. (Original post by Ihatespirometers)
YES IT IS. Ok so I did this

I multipied the first term by 3 then the second by 2 to get a denominator of 6

(6x-15)/ 6 - (2x-2)/6 = 1

This is (4x -13)/6 = 1
then I multiplied the denominator by 6 and the one to get
(4x-13)=6
Then I added 13 to both sides to get
4x=19, which is 3.5- what have I done wrong?

BlueBlueBells
4x = 19, so x = 19/4 = 4.75 - which is correct
9. (Original post by Zacken)
4x = 19, so x = 19/4 = 4.75 - which is correct
oh wow my calculator must have done something wrong- oops. Thank you. I kept getting 3.5- I must have kept typing something wrong. Thank you very much
10. (Original post by Zacken)
4x = 19, so x = 19/4 = 4.75 - which is correct
Oh wow I'm so astupid I was doing this for ages because I thought they were meant to equal 0 for some reason when it clearly says 1!! So annoying- so much time wasted. Thanks.
11. (Original post by Ihatespirometers)
But 4.75 doesn't sub back into the original equation ?
Yeah, it does.

12. (Original post by Ihatespirometers)
Oh wow I'm so astupid I was doing this for ages because I thought they were meant to equal 0 for some reason when it clearly says 1!! So annoying- so much time wasted. Thanks.
Haha, it happens to us all.

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