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Steps for Solving Linear Equations

Remove any parentheses and combine like terms, if
possible, on each side of the equation.

Clear any fractions by multiplying all terms on both
sides by the LCD (least common denominator).

Group like terms on each side of the equal sign.

Isolate the "x term" (variable) on one side of
the equation by adding or subtracting to combine like
terms across the equal sign.

Divide or multiply both sides of the equation by the
coefficient of the variable to solve for "x".

Check the solution by substituting your answer into the
original equation wherever you have a variable. If the
solution is correct, both sides of the equation will be
equal.