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What You'll Learn

  1. To transform literal equations

… And Why

To solve problems involving temperature, as in Example 4

Objective 1

Transforming Literal Equations

using a transformed formula

A literal equation is an equation involving two or more variables. Formulas are special types of literal equations. To transform a literal equation, you solve for one variable in terms of the others. This means that you get the variable you are solving for alone on one side of the equation.

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Example 1 Transforming Geometric Formulas

GeometrySolve the formula for the area of a triangle A = 1/2 bh for height h.


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Example 2 Transforming Equations

Solve y = 5x + 7 for x.


Sometimes an equation will only have variables. Transforming this type of equation is no different from transforming equations with numbers.

Example 3 Transforming Equations Containing Only Variables

Solve abd = c for b.


You can transform a formula so that it is in a convenient form for solving real-world problems.

Example 4 Real-World globe Connection


Temperature The formula C = 5/9 (F – 32) gives the Celsius temperature C in terms of the Fahrenheit temperature F. Transform the formula to find Fahrenheit temperature in terms of Celsius temperature. Then find the Fahrenheit temperature when the Celsius temperature is 30degree symbol.


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Checkpoint Quiz 2

Algebra 1 iText


Chapter 2
Solving Equations