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**Thanks Tertre, that is a good response.**

I would word it just a little differently. I'd say

**If you change one side you must do the SAME to the other side **

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**Here is a full answer from me: ** (of course I know people do not have time to give full answers very often)

**I will do another similar question and then you can try your own one:**

18=2+6+2t

First you must simplify both sides - if it is possible.

that gives

18= 8 +2t

you can swap sides if you want to

8+2t=18

2t+8=18

Now you must keep the equation balanced. Just like old fasioned see-saw style scales.

I used a t but the picture uses an x, it makes no difference.

2t+8=18

**If you change one side you must do the SAME to the other side**

You want the 2 lots of t all by itself so you must get rid of 8 on the right hand side.

You can do this by subtracting 8 from BOTH sides.

2t+8=18

2t+8-8=18-8

2t=10

Now if you divide 2t by 2 you get t on its own BUT if you divide the LHS by 2 you must also divide the RHS by 2

A fraction line is the same as a divide.

\(\frac{2t}{2}=\frac{10}{2}\\ t=5\)

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**Now try your question and let us know how you go. We can check your answer for you if you want.**

Melody Jan 16, 2019