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Solving Real-World Problems Using Multi-Step Equations

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Mastering this technique allows us to solve many more real life problems. For example, like the problem below, we are trying to find the speed in a distance equation. We are given the speed and distance, but we are trying to find the time. Since we know that Distance = Speed * Time, we are able to easily position the data given into the formula equation.

Given that the distance = 93, speed = (2x-10), and time = 1.5, find the speed the car was driving at.

We have to solve for x.

186=(4x20)×(3)

We can distribute this equation.

186=12x60

Further simplify by adding 60 to both sides.

60+186=12x60+60

246=12x

x=20.5

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