Stable ScalesThe scales are balanced. Can you work out the weight of the items on the scales? These pictures can be represented by linear equations. 
The total weight of the items on the left dish is the same as the items on the right dish. Can you work out the weight of one item? Enter your answers in the boxes provided then click the 'Check' button to see if you are right. You can click the check button after each question if you wish. If you doubleclick the 'Check' button it will float!
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Here is an example showing a good way to solve problems like these. It helps to think of the two sides of the balance as two sides of an equation. The equation will remain balanced only if you do the same thing (multiply, divide add or subtract) to both sides. Let x stand for the weight of one item.
5x + 3 = 3x + 15
Subtract 3 from both sides
5x = 3x + 12
Subtract 3x from both sides
2x = 12
Divide both sides by 2
x = 6
So the weight of the item is 6 units.
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Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly. You can doubleclick the 'Check' button to make it float at the bottom of your screen.