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15-a/3= -9

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It looks like (without parenthesis):
        a
15  - --- = -9
        3
 
multiply both sides by 3
 
45 a = -27
subtract 45 from both sides
 
-a = -72
 
divide each side by -1
 
a = 72
Dear C., you have to use parentheses to avoid double reading!!!!


(15 - a) / 3 = - 9

  15 - a 
---------- = - 9
     3 

15 - a = - 27

- a = - 27 - 15

- a = - 42

  a = 42

Comments

Nataliya,
 
if using PEMDAS, division comes before subtraction.  So unless the problem was presented with parenthesis, we wouldn't add them.
 
What do you think?
 
Kim