OpenStudy (bigbeargamers):

can you help me understand literal equations

OpenStudy (bigbeargamers):

I don't understand the concept of Literal Equations

OpenStudy (563blackghost):

Literal Equations are `equations with several variables` one such example is using formulas to either solve the volume, surface area, or area of a shape. Let's use the area of a rectangle as an example. \(\huge\bf{A=b \times h}\) Now we know that `A = area`, `b = length or base`, and `h = height`. Now what if we want to find on how to not find the area but of the height we would make this an equation of h or place the equation as `h = `....To do this we must isolate `h` (get it to itself). We see that `h` is being `multiplied` by `b` in order to isolate `h` we would do the opposite process of what is done in the equation, so instead of `multiplying b` we would `divide b`. This process would cancel out `b`. `BUT REMEMBER WHAT YOU DO ON ONE SIDE WE DO TO THE OTHER!`So we must `divide by b` on the other side as well. \(\huge\bf{\frac{A}{b}=\frac{b}{b} \times h}\) As said before `b will cancel since we divide it by itself` and we will be left with h. So the equation of h or to find h is. \(\huge\bf{h = \frac{A}{b}}\) So we would divide the area by the base length to find the height. This is a literal equation and how to simplify one. @BigBearGamers