Solving Literal Equations

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Taught by mrbrianmclogan
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Lesson Summary:

In this lesson on solving literal equations, the focus is on how to isolate a variable when there are multiple terms present. The example used is the famous equation E=mc^2, and the goal is to solve for M. By using inverse operations, the speaker shows how to get M by itself, reminding the audience that the same rules apply for numbers as they do for literal terms. The key takeaway is that solving literal equations is a matter of understanding the operations and knowing how to isolate the variable you need.

Lesson Description:

Solving Literal Equations E=mc^2

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Questions answered by this video:
  • How do you solve a literal equation for a variable?
  • How do you solve E = mc^2 for m?
  • How do you get m by itself in E=mc^2?
  • Staff Review

    • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
    This lesson shows how to solve a literal equation for one variable. The problem is explained as well as the concept of getting the one variable by itself. This turns out to be just a one-step problem, but it is a good introduction to how to solve a literal equation.