Solve the equation .

The equation contains a set of brackets. The easiest way to solve equations with brackets is to expand the brackets.

Expand the bracket:

Isolate by adding 15 to each side:

Isolate by dividing by 10:

or 3.4

- Question
The area of this rectangle is 56 cm

^{2}. Find the value of .. This means will all be multiplied by 7. To show this in algebra, use a bracket for to show that both terms are being multiplied by 7.

7 multiplied by can be written as as multiplication signs are not used in algebra.

Area =

The area of the rectangle has been given in the question as 56 cm

^{2}:Expand the bracket:

Isolate by subtracting 14 from both sides:

Isolate by dividing both sides by 21:

Check that this answer is correct by substituting into the original equation.

The equation balances, so is the correct answer.