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Having trouble rearranging formula to solve for Pc. Formula is 2(Pc - d) / Pc.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Having trouble rearranging formula to solve for Pc. Formula is 2(Pc - d) / Pc.

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Having trouble rearranging formula to solve for Pc. Formula is 2(Pc - d) / Pc.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Please share your work with us ...even if you know it is wrong.

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I know the basic rules for rearrangement, but don't quite understand when its not set against and = sign, and I have Pc in the dividend and divisor.

1) 2(Pc - d) / Pc

2) 2Pc - 2d / Pc

3) Pc * (2Pc - 2d) / Pc * Pc

4) Pc(2Pc - 2d)

5) 2Pc Squared - 2dPc

It just doesn't make any sense to me.....

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I'm assuming that Pc is a single symbol (not P times c).2(Pc - d) / Pc

This is not an equation, so there is nothing to solve. This is an expression. We can rewrite expressions (sometimes called simplifying), but I wouldn't necessarily say that the following version is simpler.

2(1 - d/Pc)

Please post the entire exercise statement, including all instructions, word for word.

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This is a formula for Boiler inspectors to determine allowable circumferential pitch of boiler tubes.I'm assuming that Pc is a single symbol (not P times c).

This is not an equation, so there is nothing to solve. This is an expression. We can rewrite expressions (sometimes called simplifying), but I wouldn't necessarily say that the following version is simpler.

2(1 - d/Pc)

Please post the entire exercise statement, including all instructions, word for word.

d = 3.03125" (Boiler tube diameter)

Pc = ??? (Circumferential pitch of adjacent openings in ")

Problem: The drum of a bent tube type boiler is drilled for tube holes 3.03125" diameter spaced longitudinally in groups of two tubes pitched 4.875 with 6" spaced between groups. Circumferentially tube holes are symetrical. What is the circumferential pitch of the tubes. Solve for Pc

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I'm sorry, but it is not a formula.This is a formula …

All formulas contain an equals sign.

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The longitudinal pitch between the staybolts, or between the nearest row of staybolts and the row of rivets at the joints between the furnace sheet and the tube sheet or the furnace sheet and mud ring, shall not exceed that given by the following formula:56320t2L=2PRwhere L = longitudinal pitch of staybolts, P = maximum allowable working pressure (pounds per square inch), t = thickness of furnace sheet (inches), R = outside radius of furnace (inches). When values by this formula are less than the circumferential pitch, the longitudinal pitch may be as large as the allowable circumferential pitch. The stress in the staybolts shall not exceed 7500 psi. and shall be determined as specified in PFT-23.4.23.4 In furnaces over 38 in. in outside diameter and combustion chambers not covered by special rules in this Section which have curved sheets subject to pressure on the convex side, neither the circumferential nor longitudinal pitches of the staybolts shall exceed 1.05 times that given by the rules in PG-46.

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I'm sorry, but it is not a formula.

All formulas contain an equals sign.

How about this? A = 2(Pc-d)/Pc

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This formula is directly out of the ASME Section 1 (2017) book. Is it possible to solve for Pc?I googled some keywords, and I found a number of sites from which you may download ASME Sec. 1 (2010).

Thatis an example of a formula. :cool:

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This equation can be solved for Pc.A = 2(Pc-d)/Pc

I'll get you started.

1) Multiply each side by Pc

2) Use the Distributive Property, to multiply out 2(Pc - d)

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Yes. Are you familiar with how to solve one-variable linear equations? Thank you!This formula is directly out of the ASME Section 1 (2017) book. Is it possible to solve for Pc?

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From my earlier post: I don't quite understand when I have Pc in the dividend and divisor.This equation can be solved for Pc.

I'll get you started.

1) Multiply each side by Pc

2) Use the Distributive Property, to multiply out 2(Pc - d)

1) 2(Pc - d) / Pc

2) 2Pc - 2d / Pc

3) Pc * (2Pc - 2d) / Pc * Pc

4) Pc(2Pc - 2d)

5) 2Pc Squared - 2dPc

It just doesn't make any sense to me..... I am starting to think it is impossible to actually solve for Pc with supplied info.

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A = 2(Pc - d) / Pc

A·Pc = 2(Pc - d)

A·Pc = 2·Pc - 2·d

Now, we want to get all terms containing Pc to one side of the equation, with all terms that do not contain Pc on the other side. There's more than one way to do this, but the end result will be the same.

I choose to add 2·d to each side, and then subtract A·Pc from each side.

2·d = 2·Pc - A·Pc

Now we can factor out Pc, on the right-hand side.

Can you finish it?

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Don't think I can, but..: When you say factor out Pc, could I drop the Pc that comes after the A making the 2Pc a 3Pc? such as: 2*d = 3*Pc - A?

A = 2(Pc - d) / Pc

A·Pc = 2(Pc - d)

A·Pc = 2·Pc - 2·d

Now, we want to get all terms containing Pc to one side of the equation, with all terms that do not contain Pc on the other side. There's more than one way to do this, but the end result will be the same.

I choose to add 2·d to each side, and then subtract A·Pc from each side.

2·d = 2·Pc - A·Pc

Now we can factor out Pc, on the right-hand side.

Can you finish it?

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I think what would make more sense to me than previous post is 2*d = 2*Pc - A*Pc, Factor out Pc from both terms such as 2*d = Pc - A. Is this correct?

A = 2(Pc - d) / Pc

A·Pc = 2(Pc - d)

A·Pc = 2·Pc - 2·d

Now, we want to get all terms containing Pc to one side of the equation, with all terms that do not contain Pc on the other side. There's more than one way to do this, but the end result will be the same.

I choose to add 2·d to each side, and then subtract A·Pc from each side.

2·d = 2·Pc - A·Pc

Now we can factor out Pc, on the right-hand side.

Can you finish it?

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Nope. Factoring is the reverse of distribution.When you say factor out Pc, could I drop the Pc that comes after the A making the 2Pc a 3Pc?

A(B - C) = A·B - A·C

Instead, if we start with the expression A·B - A·C, then we can factor out the A, and get back to where we started.

A·B - A·C = A(B - C)

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2·d = 2·Pc - A·PcI think what would make more sense to me than previous post is 2*d = 2*Pc - A*Pc, Factor out Pc from both terms such as 2*d = Pc - A. Is this correct?

On the right-hand side, factor out Pc:

2·d = Pc (2 - A)

Last step: divide each side by (2 - A)

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Nope. Factoring is the reverse of distribution.

Distributive Property:

A(B - C) = A·B - A·C

Instead, if we start with the expression A·B - A·C, then we can factor out the A, and get back to where we started.

Factoring:

A·B - A·C = A(B - C)

So 2*d = 2*Pc - A*Pc would change to 2*d = Pc(2-A). Then divide both sides by 2-A. Answer equals Pc = 2d/2-A?

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That's correct. Here's a note about typing math.So 2*d = 2*Pc - A*Pc would change to 2*d = Pc(2-A). Then divide both sides by 2-A.

Answer equals Pc = 2d/(2-A)?

When we write the algebraic ratio \(\displaystyle \frac{2d}{2 - A}\) with paper and pencil, it's easy to see the denominator of the ratio because we use a horizontal fraction bar.

We cannot type a horizontal fraction bar, so we must use grouping symbols (shown above in red) to make clear what's on the top (numerator) and what's on the bottom (denominator).

Typing the expression 2d/2-A means this:

\(\displaystyle \dfrac{2d}{2} - A\)

But typing 2d/(2 - A) means this:

\(\displaystyle \dfrac{2d}{2 - A}\)

If you're a student or you need to do algebra at work, I recommend that you take the time to study beginning algebra. There are lots of free courses and textbooks available on-line. Cheers, and watch out for those hot bolts.

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MMM4444BOT, Thank you for your assistance, I am a Boiler Inspector Trainee getting ready to take certification exam in the next month. There are various formulas for figuring a lot of information out within the ASME for construction of boilers, but that one is the one I was having problems with. I have taken the algebra courses, but don't use very often. Thank you very much and I appreciate your time.That's correct. Here's a note about typing math.

When we write the algebraic ratio \(\displaystyle \frac{2d}{2 - A}\) with paper and pencil, it's easy to see the denominator of the ratio because we use a horizontal fraction bar.

We cannot type a horizontal fraction bar, so we must use grouping symbols (shown above in red) to make clear what's on the top (numerator) and what's on the bottom (denominator).

Typing the expression 2d/2-A means this:

\(\displaystyle \dfrac{2d}{2} - A\)

But typing 2d/(2 - A) means this:

\(\displaystyle \dfrac{2d}{2 - A}\)

If you're a student or you need to do algebra at work, I recommend that you take the time to study beginning algebra. There are lots of free courses and textbooks available on-line. Cheers, and watch out for those hot bolts.