Equations Level 4Practise solving simple linear equations with this multilevel online exercise. 
This is level 4: equations including brackets. You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.
InstructionsTry your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help. When you have got all of the questions correct you may want to print out this page and paste it into your exercise book. If you keep your work in an ePortfolio you could take a screen shot of your answers and paste that into your Maths file. 



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Level 1  Simple equations where the solution can be found by performing one operation on both sides of the equation.
Example: \(8n = 64\)
Level 2  Simple equations where the solution can be found in two steps.
Example: \(9e + 6 = 78\)
Level 3  Equations where a multiple of the unknown and a constant are on both sides.
Example: \(4y  7 = 3y  4\)
Level 4  Equations including brackets.
Example: \(2(4r + 7)  9 = 21\)
Level 5  More complex equations requiring multiple steps to find the solution.
Example: \(6(10h + 3) + 4 = 7h + 287\)
Level 6  Equations involving algebraic fractions.
Example: \(\frac{10e+2}{5}=2\)
Old Equations  Solve these linear equations that appeared in a book called A Graduated Series of Exercises in Elementary Algebra by Rev George Farncomb Wright published in 1857.
Nevertheless  A twoplayer, equationmaking game based on Level 2 type equations.
More on this topic including lesson Starters, visual aids and investigations.
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Here is an example showing a good way to solve an equation of this type (Level 4) by thinking of the two sides of the equation as two sides of a balance. The equation will remain balanced only if you do the same thing (multiply, divide add or subtract) to both sides.
2(3x  4) + 1 = 5
Subtract 1 from both sides
2(3x  4) = 4
Divide both sides by 2
3x  4 = 2
Add 4 to both sides
3x = 6
Divide both sides by 3
x = 2
Another method:
2(3x  4) + 1 = 5
First multiply out (expand) the brackets
6x  8 + 1 = 5
Collect together like terms
6x  7 = 5
Add 7 to both sides
6x = 12
Divide both sides by 6
x = 2
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.
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Henry J. Spencer, The Gryphon School, Sherborne
Thursday, May 25, 2017
"I am commenting to show you a wrong answer. Me, my teacher and my friends around me have been trying to solve this equation. We believe that you have your answer wrong and you may need to check it. The question is:
2(4y3)=5(y+6)
If you worked out the answer you would know that y=12. Unfortunately, when I submitted that answer, it was wrong. I hope you take this into consideration and I hope I will not find any more problems that I believe are wrong.
Your sincerely,
Henry J. Spencer."
Transum,
Friday, May 26, 2017
"Thanks Henry for pointing out the error with Level 5 question 2. It has now been corrected. The questions that you see are drawn from a database containing a number of different versions of the question type. One of the versions is chosen each time the page is loaded. I hope you will not find any other errors but please let me know if you do. I am very grateful for the time you took to flag up the mistake. Thank you again."
Ibby Gaze, Twitter
Wednesday, November 15, 2017