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x+3 = 2

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How to Solve Equations of the Form x ± b = ± c

A one step equation is a mathematical statement of the Form x ± b = ± c, where you solve for a variable (usually x) by performing a single operation - either addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. For example: x + 3 = 12 and x - 5 = 10 are one-step equations.

Equations of the Form x - b = ± c

When solving one step equation of the form x - b = ±c, add b to both sides of the equation.

x - b = c

x - b + b = c + b

x + 0 = c + b

x = c + b

Example: x - 2 = 8

x - 2 = 8 x - 2 + 2 = 8 + 2 x + 0 = 10 x = 10

Example: x - 4 = -6

x - 4 = -6 x - 4 = -6 x - 4 + 4 = -6 + 4 x + 0 = -2 x = -2

Equations of the Form x + b = ± c

When solving one step equation of the form x + b = ± c, subtract b from both sides of the equation.