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are you solving for x?
ok so you need to put like terms together...do you know what that means?
Not really, no.
Putting all the x's in one side and the terms without on the other.
ok so you need to put the xs together and the normal numbers together so subtract 4x from both sides
because whatever you do on one side of the equals sign you have to do to the other. think of the equals sign as a mirror. every move you make one one side has to be reflected on the other side
I see. So it would be 8x-4x-3=4x-4x+5?
yes exactly and you do the same thing to the normal numbers
So then after that it would be 4x-3=x+5? Or is it just +5 at the end?
Or did I get it absolutely wrong?
you are close but you need to move that 3 over with the 5 because they are like terms so to move the -3 over you need to ADD 3 to both sides
but we're not done yet! to solve for x we need to get x all by itself
so what do you have right now?
I'm not entirely sure, but on paper I have; 4x+3=x+5-3+3 I don't know if that's correct...
ok so this is what we have done so far: 8x-3=4x+5 -4x -4x subtract 4x from both sides 4x-3=5 +3 +3 add three on both sides to get rid of the -3 so you should have 4x=8
do you understand this so far?
ok so to solve for x we need to get x all by itself right? So think of 4x as 4 times x now 4 times x is multiplication so to get x by itself we need to do the OPPOSITE of multiplication which is...?
yes! so divide 4 from both sides 4x=8 4/4 8/4
what do you get?
You'll have to excuse me if I'm being a bit slow or if I don't follow. English isn't my native language and I've never tried to have a conversation including mathematic terms... I get 0 and 2, so that means x=2, right?
yes! very good but you should get 1 when you divide 4 by 4 so 1 times x =x but you wrote it right
Ah, my bad.
what is your native language?
is that any close to german?
They are related, yes.
well your english is very good and if you need any more help just let me know
Thank you, and thank you so much for your time, you really helped me alot!