This form is sometimes called the standard form of a

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Unformatted text preview: 2007 Paul Dawkins 61 College Algebra Finally, as noted above we won’t be using the solution set notation much in this course. It is a nice notation and does have some use on occasion especially for complicated solutions. However, for the vast majority of the equations and inequalities that we will be looking at will have simple enough solution sets that it’s just easier to write down the solutions and let it go at that. Therefore, that is what we will not be using the notation for our solution sets. However, you should be aware of the notation and know what it means. © 2007 Paul Dawkins 62 College Algebra Linear Equations We’ll start off the solving portion of this chapter by solving linear equations. A linear equation is any equation that can be written in the form ax + b = 0 where a and b are real numbers and x is a variable. This form is sometimes called the standard form of a linear equation. Note that most linear equations will not start off in t...
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