**1.**Isolate the

**variable**

(Variable - The unknown number and you use a letter to represent the number.)

**2.**Cancel using the opposite

-create a zero pair for the

**constant**

(Constant - The integer in an algebraic expression or equation.)

2x = 6 equation, 2x = expression

**3.**Balance on the other side of the equal sign

**4.**Verify your answer

Eg:

A number and 16

*is*9.

The difference of a number and 15

*is*-27.

Eight times a number

*is*-104.

A number divided by 18

*is*-6.

Diagrams for one step:

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