# equation

#### joshlikescereal

##### New member
What is the first step to solve an equation in the form a/b(x) = c/d ? what is the soloution of the equation

there are no furhter instructions just says provide the appropriate responce.

would the answer be multiply a/b to c/d to get x by itlsef?

#### stapel

##### Super Moderator
Staff member
I'm not sure what you mean. Is the original equation as follows:

. . . . .a/(bx) = c/d

...or maybe:

. . . . .(a/b)x = c/d

...or something else? What do you mean by "multiplying a/b to c/d"? If you multiply on both sides by a/b, you'd get something like:

. . . . .(a/b)<sup>2</sup> x = (ac)/(bd)

This wouldn't likely be helpful, if the goal is to isolate x.

Eliz.

#### joshlikescereal

##### New member
stapel said:
I'm not sure what you mean. Is the original equation as follows:

. . . . .a/(bx) = c/d

...or maybe:

. . . . .(a/b)x = c/d

...or something else? What do you mean by "multiplying a/b to c/d"? If you multiply on both sides by a/b, you'd get something like:

. . . . .(a/b)<sup>2</sup> x = (ac)/(bd)

This wouldn't likely be helpful, if the goal is to isolate x.

Eliz.
Second one you said.. in words x right next to a over b

#### stapel

##### Super Moderator
Staff member
Then divide off what's multiplied on the x, in order to get x by itself.

Eliz.

#### Denis

##### Senior Member
quit swearing, Eliz Staff member
What?

Eliz.

just kidding...

:lol: