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 Post subject: Help! Basic Algebra??Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 7:23 pm

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Oh no.... Can anyone please help? DC is trying to complete homework and I haven't a clue.....
How do you simplify:

4a + 3b - 2c + 3a -b + c =

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 7:31 pm

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sorry... panic over... DC knows what she's doing even if I haven't a clue!
phew.

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 7:41 pm

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For the future you collect all the like terms together:

4a + 3b - 2c + 3a -b + c =

4a + 3a = 7a

3b - b = 2b

-2c + c = -c

7a + 2b -c

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 7:57 pm

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Thanks moved! Must find some time to get my head around algebra

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 8:02 pm

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Using the letters for objects does help.

4 aardvarks + 3 aardvarks

3 beetles - 1 beetle

-2 crabs + 1 crab

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 8:56 pm

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moved wrote:
Using the letters for objects does help.

4 aardvarks + 3 aardvarks

3 beetles - 1 beetle

-2 crabs + 1 crab

I like that.

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 Post subject: Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 4:06 pm

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Chelmsford mum wrote:
moved wrote:
Using the letters for objects does help.

4 aardvarks + 3 aardvarks

3 beetles - 1 beetle

-2 crabs + 1 crab

I like that.

Or try apples bananas carrots etc. Tescos dont sell aardvarks. And they stay where they are put on the table.

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 Post subject: Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 7:59 am

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 Post subject: Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 11:33 am

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Dad of Kent and Moved - why oh why weren't you my maths teachers! It would have been so much more fun.

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