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Common mistakes made when solving equations

Though the students enjoy solving equations, however in many cases they tend to make mistakes. These mistakes could be because of carelessness or because the child did not understand the concept properly. It is always a good idea to be aware about the common mistakes which students usually make so that these can be corrected from the early age. Here are some of the common mistakes which students usually make when solving equations.

☞ 4(5−d)=8 ⇒ 20−d=8

The correct answer is 4(5−d)=8 ⇒ 20−4d=8

Ways to teach the children to minimize this error
  • 4(5−d)=8
    ⇒ 4×5−4×d=8
    ⇒ 20−4d=8
  • ☞ 10m+3=9n ⇒ 10m=9n+3

    The correct answer is 10m+3=9n ⇒ 10m=9n−3

    Ways to teach the children to minimize this error
  • 10m+3=9n
    ⇒ 10m+3−3=9n−3 (subtracting LHS & RHS with the same number)
    ⇒ 10m+0=9n−3
    ⇒ 10m=9n−3
  • ☞ 8a−5=7b ⇒ 8a=7b−5

    The correct answer is 8a−5=7b ⇒ 8a=7b+5

    Ways to teach the children to minimize this error
  • 8a−5=7b
    ⇒ 8a−5+5=7b+5 (adding LHS & RHS with the same number)
    ⇒ 8a+0=7b+5
    ⇒ 8a=7b+5


  • The best way to remove the above confusion and to ensure the children have less chance of committing mistakes is to practice the problems related to the above situations. Click on Solving Equation to practice.

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