(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); What do I do when a decimal or a fraction is found only within the parentheses in a linear equation? I know about the general removal process; but my question involves equations like these:

17(2.33 - x) - 35(4 - 30x) = 2

7(4/3 - x) + 24(5x - 60) = 31

Should I distribute first and then get rid of the decimal and fraction? Like so:

17(2.33 - x) - 35(4 - 30x) = 2

39.6 - 17x - 140 + 1050x = 2

396 - 170x - 1400 + 10500x = 20

-170x + 10500x = 20 - 396 + 1400

10330x = 1024

x = 1024/10330

x = 512/5165

7(4/3 - x) + 24(5x - 60) = 31

28/3 - 7x + 120x - 1440 = 31

28 - 21x + 360x - 4320 = 93

- 21x + 360x = 93 - 28 + 4320

339x = 4385

x = 4385/339

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# Homework Help: When decimals and/or fractions are only within the parentheses in a linear equation

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