Equations in Mathematics

Definition

An equation is a statement that expresses the equality of two mathematical expressions. An equation has an equal sign, a right side expression and a left side expression.
Examples of equations
3x + 3 = 2x + 4 :
the left side of the equation is the expression 3x + 3 and the right side is 2x + 4.
2x + 3y = 2 - 2x :
equation in two variables x and y.

Solutions of an Equation

If we substitute x by -3 in the equation 2x + 8 = -2x - 4, we obtain
left side: 2x + 8 = 2(-3) + 8 = -6 + 8 = 2
right side: -2x - 4 = -2(-3) - 4 = 6 - 4 = 2
Since a substitution of x = - 3 in the equation gives a true statement 2 = 2, we call -3 the
solution or root of the given equation 2x + 8 = -2x - 4. The set of all solutions of an equation is called the solution set of the equation.
To
solve an equation is to find all its solutions.

Equivalent Equations

Equations are equivalent if they have exactly the same solutions.
The following equations are equivalent since they have the same solution x = 0.
-3x + 2 = x + 2
-3x = x
x = 0

Properties of Equality

1 - Addition Property of Equality

If we add the same number (or mathematical expression) to both sides of an equation, we do not change the solution set of the equation.
If A = B then A + C = B + C
Example
The equation
2x + 3 = 5
and the equation
2x + 3 + (-3) = 5 + (-3) have the same solution x = 1.

2 - Multiplication Property of Equality

If we multiply both sides of an equation by the same number (or mathematical expression), we do not change the solution set of the equation.
If A = B then C A = C B , with C not equal to zero.
Example
The equation
x / 2 = 4
and the equation
2 * (x / 2) = 2 * 4 have the same solution x = 8.

More References and links

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