stapel_eliz wrote:MathDrudge wrote:Im trying to learn algebra on the side...and Im have no idea how to solve this next equation....

IS the --v-1 a mixed number (the second division from the left)?

No; mixed numbers are whole numbers together with fractions, like "three and a half". They do not contain variables.

Ok, so its multiplied by v?

All these topics you put look familiar and I think I know them. The equation is given as a non quadratic equation, or in other words just a simple equation. Pardon me cause I dont know the right terms, Im working in finnish and cant find a right term.

So cause its not a quadratic equation. so I dont think you need this

http://www.purplemath.com/modules/quadform.htm altough Im familiar with the equation.

The answer for it by the way is 4/5

What I tried to do was multiply both sides with 20.

So, Im a bit stuck here, or I doubt that its right up to here, anyway. how do I get rid of squared? how do I deal with the negatives Units in the fractions, when the whole fraction is a negative itself and is multiplied with a positive. Maybe from here I would square root both sides to get rid of the squared? or break it down into

but I cant see how that helps