Solving Equations Involving Fractions | Algebra | Maths | FuseSchool

Click here to see more videos: How do we solve equations that involve fractions? Before we get started, I am assuming you already know how to solve equations by balancing: you must do the exact same thing to both sides. So lets have a look at how to solve equations involving fractions. EXAMPLE: (2f + 8) / 3 = 6. The whole of 2f plus 8 has been divided by 3. We need to move this ‘3’ first so that everything is on the same level. No denominators. So multiply both sides by 3. Multiplying by 3 and dividing by 3 on the left hand side means that the 3's cancel each other on the left hand side. This leaves a simple linear equation to solve. 2f + 8 = 6 X 3 which simplifies to 2f + 8 = 18. Solve it: 2f = 10, so answer f=5. Easy! As always, check your answer. Substitute f=5 into the original question. EXAMPLE 2: (20 + 7e) / 2 = 2e + 7. Start by multiplying both sides by 2 to remove the '2' from the denominator on the left hand side. This means the times by 2 and divide by 2 on the left hand side cancel each other out. We now have this equation: 20 + 7e = 2(2e + 7). Expand the bracket on the right hand side and solve. 20 + 7e = 4e + 14. Simplify and solve: 3e = -6. Answer: e = -2. SUBSCRIBE to the FuseSchool channel for many more educational videos. Our teachers and animators come together to make fun & easy-to-understand videos in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths & ICT. VISIT us at, where all of our videos are carefully organised into topics and specific orders, and to see what else we have on offer. Comment, like and share with other learners. You can both ask and answer questions, and teachers will get back to you. These videos can be used in a flipped classroom model or as a revision aid. Twitter: Friend us: This Open Educational Resource is free of charge, under a Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC ( View License Deed: ). You are allowed to download the video for nonprofit, educational use. If you would like to modify the video, please contact us:

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