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#### simplify x+3x

i really dont know how to do it and i got mid terms this week

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Asked by Alvis from Montgomery, AL
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Let's consider a problem of adding apples and oranges.  If I have 3 apples and a friend gives you 2 more apples you have 3+2 = 5 apples.  Now let's say you have 3 apples and a friend gives you 4 oranges.  How many apples do you have?  You have 3 + 0 = 3 apples.  You cannot add apples and oranges together because they are two different things.  Now let's apply this to variables.  Let's say you have x and you want to add 3 more x.  You get 1x+3x = 4x.  You can just add the coefficients together because you are adding the same thing.  If the question was x+2y, these are different variables (adding apples and oranges) and cannot be simplified any further.

Now let's say I gave you an equation 3x +2y +6x + 10y, can you simplify?

#### Solve |2y - 2| = 15

Solve |2y - 2| = 15

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Asked by Stacy from Farmington, MN
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You can write this as two equations by saying the positive and negative of the inside of the absolute value is equal to 15.  This will give 2y - 2 = 15 and -(2y-2) = 15.  For the first equation we add two to both sides to get 2y - 2 +2 = 15 + 2.  This givese you 2y = 17.  We then divide both sides by two to get 2y/2 = 17/2 which gives y = 8.5.  Now let's work with -(2y-2) = 15.  We use the distributive property to get rid of the parenthesis and distribute the negative throughout.  We get -2y + 2  = 15.  Subtract 2 from both sides:

-2y +2 - 2 = 15 - 2 = 13.  Now we have -2y = 13.  Now divide both sides by -2 and we get -2y/-2y = 13/-2 which gives y = -6.5.

The last step is to check your answers by plugging in your values you find for y into the original equation.  This gives |2*8.5 - 2| = 15 is true and |2*-6.5 - 2| = 15 is also true.  Your answers are correct!

#### determine the number of solutions for |x|=0

then calculate the solution

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Asked by Jess from Salt Lake City, UT
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|x| = 0 means that x has to be equal to either the negative or positive value.  This is called the absolute value.  0 is not negative or positive and therefore the equation has one solution.  The solution is x = 0.

#### 3y=y+10 what does y equal?

What does Y equal?

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Asked by Ally from Cincinnati, OH
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First let's get the variable y all onto one side.  We do this by subtracting y from each side to get

3y - y = y - y + 10.  This gives us 2y = 10.  Then we divide each side by 2 and get 2y/2 = 10/2 and get

y = 5.  We then check our answer by substituting 5 into the original equation.  3*5 = 5 + 10 = 15.

## I  need help on these percentproblems.

9) The following sign was on display at Hollister. (\$70 \$49) Determine the percent of change.

10) A sweater that regularly sells for \$110 is on sale for 30% off. What will be the new selling price of the sweater?

11) You earn a 22% commission on your sales for the month. If your total sales are \$4000, what will your commission be for (the) month?

12) Ms. Lacey is the owner of a women's boutique. She wants to mark up a pair of high heels 30%. She bought them wholesale for \$65. What will the new retail price be?

13) Put the following rational numbers in order from smallest to largest.

.345%, 5/4, 4.6%, 1.3, 120%, 13%

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Asked by Courtney from Greenville, SC
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9)  Percent change is the amount of change with respect to the old price.  The equation is % change =

100*(new - old)/old = 100*(new/old - 1).  We then plug in 70 for old and 49 for new and get 100*(49/70-1) = -30.  The perecent change is -30%.

10.  We have the original price of \$110.  We get 30% off of the original price.  So we get \$110 minus the 30% of the 110 = 110 - 110*30% = 110 - 110*.3 = 77.

11.  You earn 22% of the \$4,000 dollars.  A percentage is a fraction.  So you will not get the FULL \$4,000 you will get only a fraction or percentage of it.  In this case it is 22%.  Whenever you see the word "of" in a percentage question like this, think multiply.  We take 4,000*22%  = 4,000*.22 = 880.  You get \$880 of commission this month.

12.  This is a mark UP price not a mark DOWN price.  So we want to add the 30% to the original price.  65+65*.3 = 84.5.  Note:  We can factor out a 65 in that equation to get 65+65*.3 = 65(1+.3) = 65*1.3 = 84.5.  When marking up we can multiply the original price by (1+ % markup) because we get 100% of the original plus 30% of the original.

13.  The best way to approach this is to convert all of these to either fractions or percentages.  I will choose percentages.  We only need to get 5/4 and 1.3 to a percentage.  They are 5/4 = 125% and 1.3 = 130%.  Now just ordering from smallest to largest you get (.345%, 4.6%, 13%, 120%, 125%, 130%)

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