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help me understand multiplying in algebra

Postby tattooguy82 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:01 am

5y + 8 = 9. I understand -8 bolth sides = 5y = 1. this is where I get confused.... divide 5 each side 5y / 5 = 1 divided by 5..... [i know this is wrong but what im comprehending is] y = 5 divided by 1 wich cant be done I get the answers backwards when multiplying and thats where I need understanding why I do get it backwards and Y = 1/5 seams unfinished 1 divided by 5 = 5 so why is answer 1/5 ;{ please help me understand multiplying in algebra
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Postby stapel_eliz on Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:45 am

tattooguy82 wrote:...1 divided by 5 = 5 so....

No; five divided by one is five. One divided by five is one-fifth, or 0.2. If you're not sure, try using the long division that you learned back in elementary school: divide "1.0" by "5", and see what you get. :wink:
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