Algebra
posted by Shelbourne .
I was given this example for solving an equation
ax=b
1/2(ax)=1/2b
(1/2a)x=b/a
x=b/a
I do not understand why you would multiply ax by 1/2. I also do not get why canceling out 1/a times a/1 leads to a transferring to the other side. Thanks for your clarifications!! :)

to solve ax=b for x requires only one step, namely to divide both sides by a
ax/a = b/a
x = b/a
I don't understand the 1/2 nonsense