How do you solve an equation with the variable in the denominator

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In summary, an equation with the variable in the denominator is an algebraic equation where the variable appears in the denominator of one or more terms. Solving these equations is important because it allows us to find the value of the variable that makes the equation true. The steps for solving an equation with the variable in the denominator include isolating the term with the variable in the denominator, multiplying both sides by the denominator, simplifying the resulting equation, dividing by the coefficient of the variable, and checking the solution. Multiple solutions are possible, and there are a few special cases to consider, such as when the denominator is 0 or a variable, or when there are multiple denominators.
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Homework Statement


0 = [tex]\sum n_i / (b-a_i)[/tex]
the summation is goes from i = 1 to k

the question is to rationalize each term so that the denominator is positive, and then solve for b.

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i tried to expand the summation and get the factor of b and stuff
but it didn't work at all
does anyone know how to solve this summation in terms of b? thanks
 
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Show us what you tried, and particularly how you expanded the summation. It is after all a finite sum
 

What is an equation with the variable in the denominator?

An equation with the variable in the denominator is an algebraic equation where the variable appears in the denominator of one or more terms. This means that the variable is being divided by a constant or another variable.

Why is solving an equation with the variable in the denominator important?

Solving equations with the variable in the denominator is important because it allows us to find the value of the variable that makes the equation true. This is a fundamental concept in algebra and is used in many real-world applications.

What are the steps for solving an equation with the variable in the denominator?

The steps for solving an equation with the variable in the denominator are:

  1. Isolate the term with the variable in the denominator on one side of the equation.
  2. Multiply both sides of the equation by the denominator to eliminate it from the equation.
  3. Simplify the resulting equation by combining like terms.
  4. Divide both sides of the equation by the coefficient of the variable to isolate the variable.
  5. Check your solution by plugging it back into the original equation and making sure it satisfies the equation.

Can an equation with the variable in the denominator have multiple solutions?

Yes, an equation with the variable in the denominator can have multiple solutions. This is because the denominator can be equal to different values and still satisfy the equation. It is important to check your solutions to make sure they are valid for the original equation.

Are there any special cases when solving an equation with the variable in the denominator?

Yes, there are a few special cases when solving an equation with the variable in the denominator. These include:

  • If the denominator is equal to 0, the equation has no solution.
  • If the denominator is a variable, additional solutions may be found by setting the denominator equal to 0 and solving for the variable.
  • If the equation has multiple denominators, you may need to use the least common multiple to eliminate them.

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