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Solving Linear Equations in One Variable
1. Remove all parentheses by using the distributive law.
2. Combine like terms (add or subtract the coefficients) on each side
of the equal sign.
3. If the variable occurs on both sides of the equation, add the additive
of the smaller one to both sides of the equation to obtain the variable term on
one side of the equation.
4. Remove the constant term that is on the same side of the equation as the
variable term by adding the constant term's additive inverse to both sides
of the equation.
5. Divide both sides of the equation by the coefficient of the variable term.
6. Check the solution by substituting the value into the original equation.