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Aurelia is driving from Miami to Orlando at a rate of 65 miles per hour. The distance is 235 miles. To the nearest tenth of an hour, how long will the trip take?

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Kareem wants to ride his bike from St. Louis to Champaign, Illinois. The distance is 180 miles. If he rides at a steady rate of 16 miles per hour, how many hours will the trip take?

11.25 hours

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Javier is driving to Bangor, 240 miles away. If he needs to be in Bangor in 4 hours, at what rate does he need to drive?

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Alejandra is driving to Cincinnati, 450 miles away. If she wants to be there in 6 hours, at what rate does she need to drive?

75 mph

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Aisha took the train from Spokane to Seattle. The distance is 280 miles and the trip took 3.5 hours. What was the speed of the train?

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Philip got a ride with a friend from Denver to Las Vegas, a distance of 750 miles. If the trip took 10 hours, how fast was the friend driving?

75 mph

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Solve a Formula for a Specific Variable

In the following exercises, use the formula d = r t .

Solve for t
when d = 350 and r = 70
in general

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Solve for t
when d = 240 and r = 60
in general

t = 4 t = d r

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Solve for t
when d = 510 and r = 60
in general

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Solve for t
when d = 175 and r = 50
in general

t = 3.5 t = d r

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Solve for r
when d = 204 and t = 3
in general

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Solve for r
when d = 420 and t = 6
in general

r = 70 r = d t

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Solve for r
when d = 160 and t = 2.5
in general

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Solve for r
when d = 180 and t = 4.5
in general

r = 40 r = d t

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In the following exercises, use the formula A = 1 2 b h .

Solve for b
when A = 126 and h = 18
in general

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Solve for h
when A = 176 and b = 22
in general

h = 16 h = 2 A b

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Solve for h
when A = 375 and b = 25
in general

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Solve for b
when A = 65 and h = 13
in general

b = 10 b = 2 A h

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In the following exercises, use the formula I = Prt .

Solve for the principal, P for
I = $ 5,480 , r = 4 % ,
t = 7 years
in general

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Solve for the principal, P for
I = $ 3,950 , r = 6 % ,
t = 5 years
in general

P = $ 13 , 166.67 P = I r t

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Solve for the time, t for
I = $ 2,376 , P = $ 9,000 ,
r = 4.4 %
in general

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Solve for the time, t for
I = $ 624 , P = $ 6,000 ,
r = 5.2 %
in general

t = 2 years t = I Pr

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In the following exercises, solve.

Solve the formula 2 x + 3 y = 12 for y
when x = 3
in general

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Solve the formula 5 x + 2 y = 10 for y
when x = 4
in general

y = −5 y = 10 5 x 2

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Solve the formula 3 x y = 7 for y
when x = −2
in general

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Solve the formula 4 x + y = 5 for y
when x = −3
in general

y = 17 y = 5 4 x

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Solve a + b = 90 for b .

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Solve a + b = 90 for a .

a = 90 b

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Solve 180 = a + b + c for a .

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Solve 180 = a + b + c for c .

c = 180 a b

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Solve the formula 8 x + y = 15 for y.

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Solve the formula 9 x + y = 13 for y.

y = 13 9 x

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Solve the formula −4 x + y = −6 for y.

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Solve the formula −5 x + y = −1 for y.

y = −1 + 5 x

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Solve the formula 4 x + 3 y = 7 for y .

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Solve the formula 3 x + 2 y = 11 for y .

y = 11 3 x 4

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Solve the formula x y = −4 for y .

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Solve the formula x y = −3 for y .

y = 3 + x

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Solve the formula P = 2 L + 2 W for L .

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Solve the formula P = 2 L + 2 W for W .

W = P 2 L 2

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Solve the formula C = π d for d .

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Solve the formula C = π d for π .

π = C d

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Solve the formula V = L W H for L .

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Solve the formula V = L W H for H .

H = V L W

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Everyday math

Converting temperature While on a tour in Greece, Tatyana saw that the temperature was 40 o Celsius. Solve for F in the formula C = 5 9 ( F 32 ) to find the Fahrenheit temperature.

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Converting temperature Yon was visiting the United States and he saw that the temperature in Seattle one day was 50 o Fahrenheit. Solve for C in the formula F = 9 5 C + 32 to find the Celsius temperature.

10°C

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Writing exercises

Solve the equation 2 x + 3 y = 6 for y
when x = −3
in general
Which solution is easier for you, or ? Why?

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Solve the equation 5 x 2 y = 10 for x
when y = 10
in general
Which solution is easier for you, or ? Why?

Answers will vary.

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Self check

After completing the exercises, use this checklist to evaluate your mastery of the objectives of this section.

This is a table that has three rows and four columns. In the first row, which is a header row, the cells read from left to right: “I can…,” “confidently,” “with some help,” and “no-I don’t get it!” The first column below “I can…” reads “use the distance, rate, and time formula,” and “solve a formula for a specific variable.” The rest of the cells are blank.

What does this checklist tell you about your mastery of this section? What steps will you take to improve?

Questions & Answers

Aziza is solving this equation-2(1+x)=4x+10
Sechabe Reply
No. 3^32 -1 has exactly two divisors greater than 75 and less than 85 what is their product?
KAJAL Reply
x^2+7x-19=0 has Two solutions A and B give your answer to 3 decimal places
Adedamola Reply
please the answer to the example exercise
Patricia Reply
3. When Jenna spent 10 minutes on the elliptical trainer and then did circuit training for20 minutes, her fitness app says she burned 278 calories. When she spent 20 minutes onthe elliptical trainer and 30 minutes circuit training she burned 473 calories. How manycalories does she burn for each minute on the elliptical trainer? How many calories doesshe burn for each minute of circuit training?
Edwin Reply
.473
Angelita
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Angelita
John left his house in Irvine at 8:35 am to drive to a meeting in Los Angeles, 45 miles away. He arrived at the meeting at 9:50. At 3:30 pm, he left the meeting and drove home. He arrived home at 5:18.
DaYoungan Reply
p-2/3=5/6 how do I solve it with explanation pls
Adedamola Reply
P=3/2
Vanarith
1/2p2-2/3p=5p/6
James
don't understand answer
Cindy
4.5
Ruth
is y=7/5 a solution of 5y+3=10y-4
Adedamola Reply
yes
James
don't understand answer
Cindy
Lucinda has a pocketful of dimes and quarters with a value of $6.20. The number of dimes is 18 more than 3 times the number of quarters. How many dimes and how many quarters does Lucinda have?
Rhonda Reply
Find an equation for the line that passes through the point P ( 0 , − 4 ) and has a slope 8/9 .
Gabriel Reply
is that a negative 4 or positive 4?
Felix
y = mx + b
Felix
if negative -4, then -4=8/9(0) + b
Felix
-4=b
Felix
if positive 4, then 4=b
Felix
then plug in y=8/9x - 4 or y=8/9x+4
Felix
Macario is making 12 pounds of nut mixture with macadamia nuts and almonds. macadamia nuts cost $9 per pound and almonds cost $5.25 per pound. how many pounds of macadamia nuts and how many pounds of almonds should macario use for the mixture to cost $6.50 per pound to make?
Cherry Reply
Nga and Lauren bought a chest at a flea market for $50. They re-finished it and then added a 350 % mark - up
Makaila Reply
$1750
Cindy
the sum of two Numbers is 19 and their difference is 15
Abdulai Reply
2, 17
Jose
interesting
saw
4,2
Cindy
Felecia left her home to visit her daughter, driving 45mph. Her husband waited for the dog sitter to arrive and left home 20 minutes, or 13 hour later. He drove 55mph to catch up to Felecia. How long before he reaches her?
Rafi Reply
hola saben como aser un valor de la expresión
NAILEA
integer greater than 2 and less than 12
Emily Reply
2 < x < 12
Felix
I'm guessing you are doing inequalities...
Felix
Actually, translating words into algebraic expressions / equations...
Felix
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Darianna
hello
Mister
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Source:  OpenStax, Elementary algebra. OpenStax CNX. Jan 18, 2017 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col12116/1.2
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