**Solving a Linear Equation in One Variable**

** Step 1 **Clear fractions. Eliminate any fractions by multiplying each side by the least common denominator.

** Step 2 **Simplify each side separately. Use the distributive property to clear parentheses and combine like terms as needed.

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** Step 3 **Isolate the variable terms on one side. Use the addition property to get all terms with variables on one side of the equation and all numbers on the other.

** Step 4 **Isolate the variable. Use the multiplication property to get an equation with just the variable (with coefficient 1) on one side.

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** Step 5 **Check. Substitute the proposed solution into the original equation.