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Old 07-17-2007   #3
dkillinx
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Ok...the first thing I would suggest is to eliminate the fractions. To do so you should multiply both sides by the highestst common denominator of both fractions. I would suggest multiplying the whole thing by 8, and solving for p from there.1. 8 * (3/8 + p = 1/2)2. 24/8 + 8p = 8/2 from here reduce the fractions to whole numbers.3. 3 + 8p = 4 now subtract 3 from both sides4. 3 (-3) + 8p = 4 -35. 8p = 1 now divide both sides by 8 to solve for p6. (8p/8) = (1/8) 8/8 = 1 so you get p by itself7. p = 1/8 now to test your solution put 1/8 in for p and plug it back into your original equation to see if it works out, if not then it's the wrong answer.8. 3/8 + 1/8 = 1/2add up the fractions...9. 4/8 = 1/2Simply reduce the fractions to the lowest common denominator in this case 2...10. 4/8 = 2/4 = 1/211. So now 1/2 = 1/2 and you're answer is correct.I hope this helps...
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