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ryanVickers
January 23rd, 2008, 05:16 AM
I'm usually top of the class in math but this has been bugging me...

(2(n - 5))/(3(n + 4)) = 6/7

what's n?
I don't need you to do it for me, but the process would be nice... :p (there are others like it)

saulgoode
January 23rd, 2008, 05:34 AM
Multiply both sides by (3(n + 4)). Collect your terms and solve the resulting quadratic equation.

schauerlich
January 23rd, 2008, 05:37 AM
I don't believe there will be a quadratic equation... once you distribute, it's all first power, and there's no more multiplication...

bigdidz
January 23rd, 2008, 05:41 AM
first it does equal to:

(n-5) / (n+4)= (6*3) / (2*2)

(n-5) * (2*2) = (6*3)*(n+4)

4*n-20 = 18*n+72

0 = 14*n+92

-92/14 = n

ugm6hr
January 23rd, 2008, 05:54 AM
Multiply both sides by (3(n + 4)). Collect your terms and solve the resulting quadratic equation.

I think the better method is to multiply both sides of equation by: 21(n+4)

The reason for this is if you write the equation out in full, the "bottom line" (i.e. denominators) are 3(n+4) x 7 = 21(n+4). This removes all denominators to reveal a linear equation.

Then you should arrive at a linear equation, which should be fairly straightforward (as long as you can multiply and divide).

bigdidz
January 23rd, 2008, 05:58 AM
I just forgot I is very important to know that 'n' is NOT (-4). If it would be, we would divide by 0 (zero) and In my country, we cut the head off the person how divide by zero.

ryanVickers
January 23rd, 2008, 06:00 AM
yeah, I got that much trying to run it through my program.. :rolleyes:

davarino
January 23rd, 2008, 07:09 AM
Multiply both sides of the equation by 7*3(n+4) (namely, 21n+84).

You get 14n-70 = 18n+72

which reduces to -4n = 142

which (when divided by -4 on both sides of the equation) yields n = -35.5