### Techniques for Multi-Step Equations

A multi-step equation contains more than one operation.

To solve such an equation, undo the operations in the reverse order in which they were performed in the equation. The last operation performed in the equation is the first one to be removed, using the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division properties of equality.

In most equations, the last operation performed is an addition or subtraction. Therefore, begin by using these properties of equality. Then use the multiplication or division property of equality to isolate the variable.

Understand how to solve word problems involving consecutive numbers. Consecutive unknown numbers are called x and x + 1. Consecutive unknown even or odd numbers are called x and x + 2.

### Techniques for Multi-Step Equations

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

- Intro 0:00
- What are Multi-step Equations? 0:08
- Strategy 0:30
- Opposite Operations
- Last Operation
- Lecture Example 1 1:54
- Lecture Example 2 4:16
- Additional Example 3
- Additional Example 4

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Post by Joyce Andrews-McKinney on May 23, 2012

the the error in example 3 should be deleted even though it was pretty humorous to watch.

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Post by Valdo Ribeiro on December 17, 2011

I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error.

Rene Descartes

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Post by shawn mallory on September 20, 2011

How would you solve 6=a/4+2?

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Post by Allison Kraus on February 7, 2011

I was able to use the Example 2 strategy on a quiz and I was really happy when I found the correct answer, which is a sign that I'm beginning to understand more. Example 3 needs to be removed, it just confused me even more and it takes up too much time.