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General algebra-

  1. Feb 22, 2009 #1
    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. jcsd
  3. Feb 22, 2009 #2
    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.
  4. Feb 22, 2009 #3
    Thanks slider :smile:
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