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Solving a Proportion

The problem is shown again for your reference.

1   x
- = -
2   6

To solve this, and find the value of x: write an equation, on the left side multiply the means, on the right side, multiply the extremes. Then solve the equation for x.

2 * x = 1 * 6

2x = 6
--   -  Divide each side by 2
2    2

x = 3

Now you know that x is equal to 3. This means that

1             3
- is equal to -
2             6

Proceed to the next page to solve another proportion.


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