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Addition Property of Equality
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Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions with Identical Denominators
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Solving an Equation That Contains a Square Root
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Composition of Functions
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Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers
Properties of Exponents
Complex Solutions of Quadratic Equations
Solving Nonlinear Equations by Factoring
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Solving Exponential Equations
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Multiplication Property of Equality
Multiplying Mixed Numbers
Multiplying Fractions
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Literal Numbers
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Logarithmic Functions
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Composition of Functions
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Multiplying Two Numbers with the same Tens Digit and whose Ones Digits add up to 10
Factoring Trinomials
Exponents and Polynomials
Decimals and their Equivalent Fractions
Negative Integer Exponents
Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
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Theorem of Pythagoras
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Addition Property of Equality

To solve linear equations in one variable we must use the Basic Properties of Equations:

For any real numbers A, B, C, and D:


a) If x = 2 then 2 = x.

b) If x + 3 = 5 then 5 = x + 3

2. ADDITION PROPERTY: If A = B is true then A + C = B + C is true.

a) If x = 2 then x + 5 = 2 + 5

b) If x + 3 = 5 then (x + 3) + (- 3) = 5 + (- 3).

3. TRANSITIVE PROPERTY: If A = B and B = C is true then A = C is true.

[The transitive property is sometimes called the "substitution" property.]

DEFINITION: The solution set for an equation is the set of all numbers that when used is place of the variable make the equation a true statement.

DEFINITION: Two or more equations with the same solution set are said to be equivalent equations.


a) Is x = 3 a solution to 5x – 7 = 18 ?

5(3) – 7 = 18

25 – 7 = 18

18 = 18

b) Is x = 5 a solution to 9x – 8 = 6x + 7 ?

9(5) – 8 = 6(5) + 7

45 – 8 = 30 + 7

37 = 37

We will also apply the Basic Number Properties. In particular,

Use the "Inverse" Property of Addition

a + (-a) = 0

This will be referred to by a "code": Add Opps

Definition of Subtraction:

To subtract: Change to ADD the opposite
  a – b a + (-b) Say a & (-b)

We can apply these properties "horizontally" one row at a time, as the book does, or

we can apply the properties vertically using a pattern (or balance beam ), where we work on each side of the equation at the same time. Working vertically helps us to see that we are indeed "adding the same thing to both sides".

See the following applications working vertically - using the balance beam

2.2a. Constant added on either side: (b, d are letters to represent integers.).

x + b = d or d = x + b

2.2b Find the variable x. To solve the equation we will keep the variable x on that side of the equation and move the constants to the other side.

To do this we will add opposites on the balance beam below the equation. First look at the pattern then follow the same steps through the example below.


Add opps:

Complete the step:


Let B = (d – b)

 the coefficient of x is 1.

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