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SOLVING EQUATIONS BY DIVIDING VOCABULARY Inverse Operations – operations that undo each other. For example, multiplication will undo division. 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 division is multiplication Example 1 x =8 4 When there is a fraction in the problem, that means the numbers are being divided. So, to get rid of it, we must multiply the numbers. x = 8 4 x = 32 NOTE Whenever the original problem shows division, use multiplication to get rid of the numbers. Multiply the two numbers that are in the original problem.