Math Semester Final How-Tos

How To: Solve Proportions

The Solution The first step to solving proportions is cross multiplying. For example, we are told to solve the proportion 13/3 = x/9. We cross multiply 13 •9 and 3 • x. Remember, the equal sign does not go away, so don't forget about it! The equation is now 3x = 117. We need to isolate the variable so we do 3x ÷ 3, which is x, and 117 ÷ 3, which equals 39. We now know that x = 39. Practice Time

How To: Pythagorean Theorem

What Is Pythagorean Theorem? Pythagorean Theorem is an equation discovered by a man named Pythagoras. It can be used to determine whether or not a triangle is a right triangle and find missing lengths of a triangle. The equation is: Parts of a Triangle

How To: Dimensional Analysis

What Is Dimensional Analysis? Dimensional analysis is used to convert units. It's the process of analyzing units to decide which conversion factor to use. It's used by multiplying units by conversion factors, rates equal to 1.

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