Go to content Can you solve the equation shown?

There are three types: $ax = b, x + a = b$ and $\displaystyle \frac{x}{a} = b$
Use the options provided.
You should be able to solve any of these in 1 step.

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Equation Buster is a suite of activities designed by MathsNet. You can solve equations set for you at various difficulty levels.

In every case the emphasis is not only on finding the solution but on finding the best steps to get you there. Usually a single tick indicates the correct answer; a double tick indicates the correct answer found in a minimum number of steps.
For a quick start guide in pdf format, written for GCSE, click here. (PLEASE NOTE - this document currently refers to an older version of the applet and has different controls - a new update to this documentation is currently in progress.)

This version of the applet uses the MathJax system for displaying maths symbols.

## Glossary

### equation

A statement that two mathematical expressions are equal.

### mean

the sum of all the members of the list divided by the number of items in the list.

### network

A graph that has a number associated with each edge.

### pdf

The probability density function

### solve

To find the answer or solution to a problem.

### speed

velocity without direction; a scalar quantity

Full Glossary List

## This question appears in the following syllabi:

SyllabusModuleSectionTopicExam Year
AQA GCSE (9-1) Foundation (UK)A: Notation, Vocabulary and ManipulationA7: Expressions as FunctionsEquation Buster-
AQA GCSE (9-1) Higher (UK)A: Solving Equations and InequalitiesA18: Solving Quadratics by Completing the Square and Quadratic FormulaEquation Buster-
CIE IGCSE (9-1) Maths (0626 UK)2 Algebra and GraphsB2.5 Solving Equations and InequalitiesMore Equation Buster-
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Foundation (UK)A: Notation, Vocabulary and ManipulationA7: Expressions as FunctionsEquation Buster-
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Higher (UK)A: Solving Equations and InequalitiesA18: Solving Quadratics by Completing the Square and Quadratic FormulaEquation Buster-
GCSE Foundation (UK)AlgebraSimple equationsEquation buster-
GCSE Higher (UK)AlgebraSimple equationsEquation buster-
OCR GCSE (9-1) Foundation (UK)6: Algebra6.02c: Change Subject of FormulaEquation Buster-
Universal (all site questions)SSimple equationsEquation buster-