Example 1: Solve the linear equation
2(x + 3) = x + 6
Solution to Example 1
 given
2(x + 3) = x + 6
 multiply factors in left term
2x  6 = x + 6
 add 6 to both sides
2x  6 + 6 = x + 6 + 6
 group like terms
2x = x + 12
 subtract x to both sides
2x  x = x + 12 x
 group like terms
3x = 12
 multiply both sides by 1/3
x = 4
 Check the solution
left side:2(4 +3) = 2
right side:4 + 6 = 2
 Conclusion
x = 4 is the solution to the given equation
Matched Exercise 1: Solve the linear equation
3(x +3) = x  7
Example 2: Solve the linear equation
3(x  6) = 3x  23
Solution to Example 2
 given
3(x  6) = 3x  23
 multiply factors in left term
3x + 18 = 3x  23
 subtact 18 to both sides
3x + 18  18 = 3x  23  18
 group like terms
3x = 3x  41
 subtract 3x to both sides
3x  3x = 3x  41 3x
 group like terms
0x = 41
 As you can see no real value for x can satisfy the above equation, the above equation has no solutions.
Matched Exercise 3: Solve linear the equation
4(x +3) = 4x  7
Example 3: Solve the linear equation
7(x  6)  3x  3 = 3(x + 5)  2x
Solution to Example 3
 given
7(x  6)  3x  3 = 3(x + 5)  2x
 multiply factors
7x + 42  3x  3 = 3x + 15  2x
 group like terms
10x + 39 = x + 15
 subtract 39 to both sides
10x + 39  39 = x + 15 39
 group like terms
10x = x  24
 subtract x to both sides
10x  x = x  24 x
 group like terms
11x =  24
 multiply both sides by 1/11
x = 24/11
 Check the solution
left side:7(24/11  6)  3(24/11)  3 = 189/11
right side:3(24/11 + 5)  2(24/11) = 189/11
 Conclusion
x = 24/11 is the solution to the given equation
Matched Exercise 3: Solve the equation
5(x  4)  x + 23 = 5(x  5)  x
Example 4: Solve the linear equation
2(x  6) / 7  (x  3) / 2 =  x
Solution to Example 4
 It can be noted that this equation has rational expressions. The first step is to eliminate the denominators by multiplying by the LCD
2(x  6) / 7  (x  3) / 2 =  x
 The LCD is equal to 7*2 = 14. Multiply both sides of the equation by the LCD.
14 * [2(x  6) / 7  (x  3) / 2] = 14* [  x ]
 Simplify to eliminate the denominator.
4(x  6)  7(x  3) = 14x
 Multiply factors and group like terms
11x + 45 = 14x
 subtract 45 to both sides
11x + 45  45 = 14x 45
 group like terms
11x = 14x  45
 add 14x to both sides
11x + 14x = 14x  45 +14x
 group like terms
3x = 45
 multiply both sides by 1/3
x = 15
 Check the solution
left side:2(15  6) / 7  (15  3) / 2 = 15
right side:(15) = 15
 Conclusion
x = 15 is the solution to the given equation
Matched Exercise 4: Solve the equation
3(x + 4)/4  x  2 = (x  4)/3  x
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