In this activity, we will learn how to solve equations by using the inverse method.

Letters are used to represent numbers in algebra.

In an equation, one letter represents just one value.

__Example__

3x + 4 = 13.

Here, we have started with the unknown value x, multiplied it by 3 and added 4 to get the result 13.

**Method**

To find out what the unknown value is, we must unravel the equation by working backwards, using inverses.

We always deal with the thing that is not with the 'x', so to get rid of the + 4 we subtract 4 from both sides.

3x + 4 - 4 = 13 - 4

3x = 9

Now, divide both sides by 3 so that we have the x by itself.

3x ÷ 3 = 9 ÷ 3

**x = 3**

The answer **x = 3** will work if you substitute it back into the equation.

3 × 3 + 4 = 13.

9 + 4 = 13

13 = 13

So x = 3 is the correct answer!

Are you ready to have a go at solving some equations?