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From what I understand is that you have to multiply both sides by $2$, so that on the left side 2 cancel out and you are left with 3(t-7)

but why does right side turn into 2t-12?

So now you have:

3(t-7) = 2t-12




I think it's right.

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$2\times \frac{3(t-7)}{2}=2\times (t-6)$ multiply both sides by 2

$\frac{2[3(t-7)]}{2}=2[(t-6)]$ we see here that the 2 in the numberator and the 2 in the denominator in the LHS can cancel out so we get,

$3t-21=2(t)-2(6)$ distribute the 2 on the RHS and the 3 on the LHS


$3t-2t-12=-12$ subtract 2t from both sides

$t=-12+21$ add 21 to both sides


Details: $\frac{2(3(t-6))}{2}$



but $\frac{6t}{2}=3t$ and $\frac{36}{2}=18$

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I see how they cancel out on LHS and not on RHS because on RHS denominator is 1 not 2!? I think that's partial explanation that would make sense to me... – Liger86 Sep 28 '11 at 3:16

The solution you give is correct.

When you multiply $t-6$ by $2$, you get $2(t-6)$, and it is because of the distributive law that that becomes $(2t) - (2\cdot6)$, which is $2t-12$.

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But if both sides are multiplied by 2 why does the numerator on left side doesn't get multiplied? – Liger86 Sep 28 '11 at 2:49
@Liger86, it does it multiplied, but the 2 in the numberator cancels out with the two in the denominator because 2/2=1 – Edison Sep 28 '11 at 2:53
It could, but you can also choose to let it cancel the denominator instead. – Henning Makholm Sep 28 '11 at 2:53
I'm still stuck about "left side". If I multiply numerator by 2 also, i get 2(3(t-7)), from what I understand is that I shouldn't be doing that, but I don't understand why, since on the right side it was done to the numerator!? – Liger86 Sep 28 '11 at 3:10
@Liger86, you can do that, but on the left side, you will end up dividing by 2, so the net effect will be nothing. I will post the details in my my answer below. – Edison Sep 28 '11 at 3:17

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