Equations and Their Properties

solving equations strategies

Let’s talk about equations and their properties.

An equation is a statement that the two quantities (expressed algebraically) are equal.

An equation always has an equal sign.

To solve an equation means to determine the value of the variable (unknown) that makes two sides of the equation equal.

Equations have existed for a very long time and were first invented by a Persian mathematician Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi.

Al-Khwarizmi  defined two basic operations to solve equations: al-jabr (the process of removing negative terms from an equation) and al-muqabala (the process of reducing positive terms of the same power when they appear on both sides of an equation).

Decide, which ones of the following are equations

equations and expressions difference

Depending on the relationship between the two quantities, equations could be of different types: linear, quadratic, exponential, etc.

A solution of an equation is also called a root.

We are going to take a look at linear equations.

When solving a linear equation you could get three possible outcomes:

possible number of solutions in equations

Equations and their properties

The value of the root of the equation will not change if you move one of the terms of the equation from one side to another while changing the sign of the term to the opposite.

linear equation with variables on both sides

Solve the following equations

linear equation with decimals

The value of the root of the equation will not change if you multiply or divide both sides of the equation (every term) by the same number except zero.

linear equation with brackets

Solve the following equations

linear equations with distributive property

Here is an extra challenge!

Diophantus of Alexandria was a Greek mathematician who lived around the 3rd century CE.

He came up with a solution to the following problem and came up with a general equation for it, which was later called after him.

“Diophantine equations” mean equations with integer coefficients, the solutions of which are to be found among integers.

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