When Does The Left Side Equal The Right Side?
 
Yes, to solve means to find all numbers that make a statement true and
to solve also means to undo each operation from lowest to highest to reveal the value of 1x. But solve
has more than an computational meaning.
To solve means to answer the question, "When does the left side equal the
right side?" Usually we do the computation or manipulation and
get an answer. Below, thought in addition to computation or manipulation is required. To solve these
equations, ask, "When does the left side equal the right side?"
These equations were chosen because they are not routine questions yet may
be encountered when completing routine computation and manipulation of equations.
When solving equations, one is focused on the selecting and executing the right
step and not necessarily in the meaning of the problem. Often equations like those above come as a shock
and create frustration because the above results are not expected.
Review the following and go with confidence. If a result seems strange, think of its
meaning and state the appropriate solution.
Three kinds of solutions are possible when one solves a linear equation:
 one solution
 the statement is sometimes true, for example, x = 5 or 2 = y,
 every number is a solution
 the statement is always true, for example, 5 = 5 or x = x, or,
 there is no solution
 the statement is false, for example, 10 = 5 or 2 + 3 = 6 + 1.
 
Try these on your own. Then check the work and solutions below.
Solve.  ex. 1.  2x + 2(x  1) = 2 
 ex. 2.  2x + 2(x  1) = 4x +1 
 ex. 3.  2x + 2(x  1) = 4x  2 
 ex. 4.  3x + 4 = 2(x+2) + x 
Solve an equation with 1 solution. 

Solve an equations with no solution. 

Solve an equation in which all numbers are solutions.


