#### Solving Literal Equations - Troup 6

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Solving Literal Equations - Troup 6

Sometimes you have a formula and you
need to solve for some variable other than
the "standard" one.
Example: Perimeter of a square
P=4s
It may be that you need to solve this
equation for s, so you can plug in a
perimeter and figure out the side length.
This process of solving a formula for a given
variable is called "solving literal equations".
Here's how "solving literal equations" works:
Suppose you wanted to take the formula for
the perimeter of a square and solve it for ‘s’
(or the side length) instead of using it to
solve for perimeter.
P=4s
How can you get the ‘s’ on a side by itself?
P=4s
Just as when you were solving linear
equations, you want to isolate the variable.
So, what do you have to do to get rid of the ‘4’?
P=4s
That’s right, you have to divide by ‘4’. You
also have to remember to divide both sides
by 4.
This new formula allows us to use the perimeter
formula to find the length of the sides of a square
if we know the perimeter.
Multiply both sides by 2.
Subtract ‘c’ from each side.
As you can see, we sometimes must do
more that one step in order to isolate the
targeted variable.
You just need to follow the same steps that
you would use to solve any other ‘Multi-Step
Equation’.
Work these on your paper.
Solve for t.
Check your answers.