General algebra-

1. Feb 22, 2009

chantalprince

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Hi- this is actually part of my physics homework, but all I need help with deals strictly with algebra.

This is my equation:

(0.97)(1 + Beta gas (-Ti)) = (1 + Beta steel (-Ti))

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

How do I solve for Ti? To me it seems like they cancel out, but from what I can remember, they don't and I can solve for it. I think it has to do with distributing before I start to solve, but I'm having issues. Im sorry I don't have more of an attempt, but I've tried to work it out on paper and they just cancel out.

Thanks so much.

2. Feb 22, 2009

slider142

First, distribute the 0.97 over the left-hand side. Then add -0.97*(Beta gas)*Ti to both sides. If the variable you're interested in is trapped inside a distribution, distribute it out so you can free the variable for independent algebraic manipulation.

3. Feb 22, 2009

chantalprince

Thanks slider