### All GMAT Math Resources

## Example Questions

### Example Question #11 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

Which of the following equations has the set of all real numbers as its solution set?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

The right side of each equation is , which simplifies by way of distribution to

If the left side of the equation simplifies to an identical expression, the equation has all real numbers as its solutions.

We test the left side of each equation:

\

Of the given choices,

can be rewritten as

,

which is an identity and has the set of all real numbers as its solution set.

### Example Question #12 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

Consider the incomplete equation

What number replaces the box in order to form an equation with no solution?

**Possible Answers:**

None of the other choices yields a correct answer.

**Correct answer:**

None of the other choices yields a correct answer.

Set to be the number that replaces the box.

Simplify first:

Now solve for in terms of :

The only possible value of that might preclude the existence of a solution is , since it makes the denominator 0. However, let us test this value in the original equation:

As it turns out, replacing the box with 15 yields an identity, not a contradiction, so the solution set is the set of all real numbers. There is no number that fits the description.

### Example Question #13 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

Consider the incomplete equation

Which of the following numbers can replace the box to form an equation whose one and only solution is 2?

**Possible Answers:**

None of the other responses gives a correct answer.

**Correct answer:**

Rewrite this equation as

If 2 is a solution of the equation, then we can substitute 2 for to make a true arithmetic equation. Replace with 2 and solve for :

This number replaces the box in order to form the equation

### Example Question #14 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

Solve the following equation for

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

We proceed as follows

(Start)

(Multiply both sides by 4. Remember to distribute the 4 to both summands on both sides.)

(Subtract 28 from both sides)

(Subtract 4x from both sides)

(Divide both sides by 2)

### Example Question #15 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

Define a function as follows:

If , evaluate .

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Since , we can plug N in for x and 47 in for f(N) to get the following equation,

From here, we want to solve for N therefore we must isolate N on one side of the equation and all other numbers on the other side.

### Example Question #16 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

Lisa went to a bargain bookstore where books were sold for dollars and magazines for dollars. After buying six books and four magazines, she only spent $30.00. How much did the books and magazines cost?

**Possible Answers:**

Books: $1.80; Magazines: $3.80

Books: $3.80; Magazines: $1.80

Books: $4.20; Magazines: $2.20

Books: $3.80; Magazines: $5.80

**Correct answer:**

Books: $3.80; Magazines: $1.80

We must first write out the equation to this problem.

- If we set to be the cost of books then we can set to represent the cost of magazines.
- She purchased books which means she spent on books.
- She also bought magazines which means she spent on magazines.
- The total spent was so when these two values are added together they must equal :

We can now solve for :

Remember: the cost of magazines was so we must plug in the value to find our answer.

So, our answer is that books cost $ and magazines cost $.

### Example Question #17 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

Students at a local college decide to make and sell t-shirts in order to raise money for their activities. They will pay the manufacturer per t-shirt made and a fixed fee of . If they sell each t-shirt for , how many t-shirts would they have to make and sell to raise ?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

We set up the following equation:

The students will need to make and sell 180 t-shirts in order to raise .

### Example Question #18 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

Solve for :

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

In order to solve for , we must isolate on one side of the equation:

### Example Question #19 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

What is the value of in the following equation when ?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

When solving algebraic equations with one unknown, it is often easier to rearrange the equation first so that you have the unknown variable isolated.

So this:

becomes this when we subtract from both sides:

Then, divide both sides by to get all by itself:

To finish, simply plug in for and simplify.

Thus, is our answer!

### Example Question #20 : Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown

Solve for :

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

In order to solve for , isolate on one side of the equation: