# Mathematics/pre-algerbra

posted by
**Joe**
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how do I find a value of x that will make each proportion true??

12 = x

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16 20

and

8 = 14

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12 x

See previous post.

i still don't get it sorry

Cross multiply to find x.

Here's the first one; perhaps you can try the second one on your own.

12/16 = x/20

Take 12 * 20, which is 240. Take 16 * x, which is 16x. This is cross multiplying.

Therefore:

16x = 240

Divide both sides by 16 to solve for x.

You will find that x = 15

You can check by substituting 15 for x in your original problem.

12/16 = 15/20

This is a true statement, so you know the answer is correct.

I hope this is clearer.

Thanks for posting, MathGuru. Really good work.