# Solving One-Step Linear Equations with Decimals

A linear equation is an algebraic equation in which the variable(s) are multiplied by numbers or added to numbers, with nothing more complicated than that.

A solution to an equation is a number that can be plugged in for the variable to make a true number statement.

Some linear equations can be solved with a single operation. For this type of equation, use the inverse operation to solve. Inverse operations "undo" each other. The easiest type involves only an addition or a subtraction.

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Example 1:
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Solve:

$p+4.5=9.3$

The inverse operation of addition is subtraction. So, subtract $-4.5$ from both sides.

$p+4.5-4.5=9.3-4.5$

Simplify.

$p=4.8$

We can also solve linear equations when multiplication or division is involved. If there's a coefficient in front of the variable, multiply by the reciprocal of that number to get a coefficient of $1$ .

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Example 2:
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Solve:
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$6.3y=8.19$

The inverse operation of multiplication is division. So, divide both sides by $6.3$ .

$\frac{6.3y}{6.3}=\frac{8.19}{6.3}$

Simplify.

$y=1.3$

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Example 3:
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Solve:

$\frac{a}{3.5}=2.4$

To isolate the variable $a$ (to get a coefficient of $1$ ), multiply both sides by $3.5$ .

$\left(\frac{a}{3.5}\right)\left(3.5\right)=\left(2.4\right)\left(3.5\right)$

Simplify.

$a=8.4$

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