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SOLVING EQUATIONS BY MULTIPLYING VOCABULARY Inverse Operations – operations that undo each other. For example, division will undo multiplication. SOLVING EQUATIONS When you solve equations, your goal is to get the variable alone on one side of the equation with everything else on the other side. The opposite of multiplication is division Example 1 3x = 27 When there is no operation sign between the number and the variable, it means that they are being multiplied. So, to get rid of it, we must divide the numbers. 3x = 27 =÷3 x = 9 NOTE Whenever the original problem shows multiplication, use division to get rid of the numbers. Make sure you take the number by itself first and divide by the number that was connected to the variable.