
 [Voiceover] Carly tried to
solve an equation step by step.

And they tell us, they see, we see

how she tried to solve the equation.

They say find Carly's mistake.

So let's see what Carly did.

She started with 7a = 28.

Then on the left hand
side she divides it by a

and on the right hand
side she divides by 7.

Well this seems strange.

When you're manipulating an equation

whatever you do to one
side, you have to do

to the other side.

Over here she decides to
divide the left side by a,

on the right side she
should divide by a as well.

Or if she wants to divide
the right side by 7,

she should divide the
left side by 7 as well,

but she's dividing both sides
by two different things.

So step 1 is where she makes the mistake.

The right thing for her to do,

or I guess maybe the
most reasonable thing,

if she wants to solve for
a, divide both sides by 7.

Then she would have
been left with just an a

on the left hand side,
because it would have been

7a/7 and a 4 over there.

She would have said, oh,
a must be equal to 4.

So let's keep going.

Let's do a few more of these.

Trent tried to solve an
equation step by step.

All right. Find Trent's mistake.

So a lot of mistakes happening

in algebra problems right now.

So g/3 = 4/3.

Now let's see. The first step.

g/3 x 3, so he's multiplying
the left hand side times 3

and on the right hand side,
he's multiplying by 1/3.

So once again, he's doing
two different things

to the left and the right hand side

even though you're supposed
to do the same thing.

If you do two different
things, the equality

will not hold anymore.

Notice, if these two things are...

If g/3 = 4, if you multiply this times 3

and you only multiply this times 1/3,

well then this thing is
going to become larger,

because is you multiply by
3 that's going to be larger

if you take the same thing
and multiply it by 1/3.

Then the equality won't hold true anymore.

In order for it to hold true,
if you're going to multiply

the left by 3 you have to
multiply the right by 3.

So he made a mistake on step 1.

All right.

Ling tried to solve an
equation step by step.

All right. Find Ling's mistake.

Let's see 12 = p + 6.2.

All right. So now it looks like,

on the left hand side Ling adds 6.2

and on the right hand side, so there was

p + 6.2 is the old right hand side,

but it looks they then
try to subtract 6.2.

So it's the same number, but over here

they're adding it and over
here they're subtracting it.

So they're not doing the
same thing to both sides.

If you want to add 6.2
to the left hand side

you need to add 6.2 to
the right hand side.

If you want to subtract 6.2
from the right hand side

you have to subtract 6.2
from the left hand side.

So a lot of mistakes going on in step 1.

Let me see one where there's
not a mistake in step 1.

All right.

Alanna tried to solve an
equation step by step.

4c = 12, divides the left hand side by 4

and then multiplies the
right hand side by 4.

No if you're going to divide
the left hand side by 4

you have to divide the right
hand side by 4 as well.

You don't multiply it by 4.

So a mistake in step 1.

Let's do one more of these.

All right. n + 12 = 18.3.

So over here you had n + 12

and then Rico subtracts 12.

So if he subtracts 12
from the left hand side

he needs to subtract 12
from the right hand side.

It looks like he does that.

He had 18.3 and he subtracts 12.

So he subtracts 12 from both sides.

So the left side is now
n + 12  12, was just n,

which is why he subtracted 12,

so you're just left with
an n on the left hand side,

and on the right hand
side, let's see, 18.3 12.

Well 18  12 is 6, so this should be 6.3.

So he made a little bit
of an arithmetic mistake

in step, he made an arithmetic mistake

and I think we are all done.