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To solve an equation, you are looking at finding the value of the letter. Your goal is to end up with \(x = \text{ something}\)

\[x+5=12\]

The inverse (or opposite) of \(+5\) is \(-5\). We **must **do this to both sides though.

\[x+5-5=12-5\]

\[x=7\]

\[x-7=10\]

The inverse (or opposite) of \(-7\) is \(+7\).

\[x-7+7=10+7\]

\[x=17\]

\[8x=40\]

\(8x\) means \(8 \times x\). The inverse (or opposite) of \(\times 8\) is \(\div 8\).

\[8x\div 8=40\div 8\]

\[x=5\]

\[\frac{x}{3}=20\]

\(\dfrac{x}{3}\) means \(x \div 3\). The inverse (or opposite) of \(\div 3\) is \(\times 3\).

\[\frac{x}{3}\times 3=20\times 3\]

\[x=60\]

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