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Solving Equations Distribute if necessary-(using the distributive property.) Get all variables on one side of the equation. Combine like terms. Think about inverse operations. Get the variable by itself. Plug back in and check your answer! Coefficient- the number in front of the variable (tells how many of the variable) Variables on both sides of the equation Combine like terms on each side Find the largest coefficient (this will be the side for the variables) Move the smaller coefficient and variable by using inverse operation Move number to the opposite side of equation (from variables) by using inverse operations. Find the variable; use inverse operation (to both sides)to isolate