You did not say, but I suspect that you want to solve this equation for x.
We want to combine the x terms on the left hand side. Subtract (1/4)x from both sides.
The terms (3/4)x-(1/4)=(1/2)x. The terms (1/4)x-(1/4)x=0 so you no longer have x terms on
the right hand side.
We want to combine the constant terms on the right hand side of the equation. Subtract 1/2 from
The constants 1/2-1/2=0 so we have no constant terms on the left side of the equation.
-3/2-1/2 combines to -4/2, or -2.
Multiply both sides of the equation by 2 to make the coefficient of the x term be 1 (Note: 1/2
and 2 are reciprocal number, so (1/2)*2 = 1.)
It's always a good idea to check your work for errors. Substitute -4 for x in the original equation.
That's it! We solved for x and found that x = -4 is an equivalent form of the original equation.
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