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I will guess that you missed the lessons covering how to solve literal equations. Do you know how to solve regular one-variable linear equations? For instance, would you be able to solve 5 + 8y = 18 for y?rjgprosk said:I do not under stand how to handle this?

5x+6y = 18 for y the word for is throwing me off

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Eliz.

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The "for" probably means "solve for [the given letter]." Do you know what that means? Hint: You can isolate y in two algebraic steps using the inverse properties of addition then multiplication.

\(\displaystyle \clubsuit\) Kasie

5x + 6y = 18

move 5x to the right side of the equation by subtracting it:

6y = 18 - 5x

then divide both sides by 6 to get y all by itself:

6y/6 = 18/6 - 5x/6

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y = 3 - 5x/6 or y = 3 - (5/6)x

Here's my work:

http://tinyurl.com/yte2ol

If you have time, try "solving for 'y' " in this and see what you get:

9x + 3y = 21