###### Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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# Solving Equations- two variable terms - Problem 2

Alissa Fong
###### Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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Our first goal in solving an equation is to simplify each side of the equation as much as possible- in this case, we are using the distributive property. Then we combine like terms on each side separately. Only after we have each side as simplified as possible do we try the solving techniques, like adding or subtracting something from both sides of the equation. Check your final answer by substituting it back into the original problem.

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